Can the Eyes Show Health Hazards?

By pendletoneye December 18, 2022

Your eyes may be telling more about your health than you realize. A comprehensive eye exam at Pendleton Eye can surprisingly diagnose diseases beyond eye health ranging from high cholesterol or liver disease to diabetes and multiple types of cancer. The eyes can be windows into the overall health of your body that may be lurking just below the surface. 

The eyes contain delicate structures including nerves, blood and connective tissue that may show significant health risks in the early stages of development. With so many potentially life-threatening diseases showing early signs in the structures of the eye, an annual comprehensive eye exam can help preserve vision as well as slow progression of detected issues. This knowledge empowers you to take action to prevent further complications that could significantly impact your quality of life. Diabetic retinopathy is commonly diagnosed by ophthalmologists in people who have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes. With early intervention, blood sugar levels can be managed and stabilized to avoid vision loss and the progression of other eye-related diseases. The eyes can show other health hazards including high blood pressure that can not only impact cardiovascular health but can elevate risk for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol and even brain tumors or nerve conditions can be uncovered in a comprehensive eye exam.  

Changes in your eyes often signal that something else may be affecting your body. Abrupt changes in vision or symptoms that include redness, dryness, infection on the eyelid, twitching of the eyes, and sudden blurred vision may indicate underlying problems that should be evaluated by your eye doctor. A comprehensive eye exam serves to not only test the visual function or refractive errors of the eye but to assess the overall health by screening for common eye diseases. Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventative health for not just the eyes but potentially the whole body. 

For our comprehensive eye exam at Pendleton Eye, call 760-758-2008 or visit WEBSITE to book your appointment. Take proactive steps in your health today to help uncover any health hazards early.