February is Heart Health Awareness Month and serves as an important reminder to focus on ways to keep your heart healthy. But what most people don’t realize, is that having a comprehensive eye exam is an important part of heart health and can actually find underlying heart issues and diseases.
During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will look at the surface of your eyes and deeper into the retina, which can show signs of health issues like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other potentially life-threatening diseases. Many of these conditions are first detected in the eye because the retina is one of the few places in your body where doctors can physically see the blood flow, looking for signs of blockages, swelling, and bleeding.
In addition to checking your vision during an eye exam, we analyze and record how your eyes look. Everyone’s retina has unique features; evaluating these characteristics annually allows us to identify quickly any changes that occur. It is important that routine eye care become part of your preventative health care. So, in addition to the regular visits with your primary and specialist physicians, make annual eye exams a top priority! To schedule your eye exam with one of our eye care specialists, call our office at 784-3937.