Ophthalmologists diagnose treat the medical conditions present in and around the eye. The phrase "the eyes are the windows to the soul" carry significant truth as many systemic conditions have ocular ramifications that can be identified during an eye exam. On many occasions a systemic condition can be first noticed by an Ophthalmologist in which case additional workup will take place in conjunction with your primary care provider.
Several systemic diagnosis require regular visits with your Ophthalmologist including:
Can cause bleeding and swelling in the eye. Uncontrolled blood sugar can also cause cataracts. Diabetes can impact your vision and rapidly if not diagnosed and treated. It is recommended that all diabetics have a dilated examination at least once per year.
High blood pressure places added stress on the blood vessels in your eyes putting you at higher risk for vascular events and vision loss. Hypertension can also worsen diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma.
Patients on high risk medications are sent for regular eye exams to ensure that there is no sign of medication induced toxicity in the eye that could impact their vision. Dilated examination of the retina, imaging of the retina, and visual field testing is often performed.
Rheumatoid arthritis and other similar conditions can cause widespread inflammation including in the eye itself. Close monitoring of this condition is critical in preserving good ocular health and vision.
If you have a medical concern regarding your eyes or your vision please give us a call to set up a comprehensive evaluation.