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Eyes and Your Overall Health

What can eye problems say about your overall health?

Regular eye exams can reveal much more than just your eye health. In fact, sometimes what's detected can be life saving. Your eyes are windows into your overall health, and eye exams can help detect concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Some symptoms don't appear until the condition has become too advanced and already caused damage. Routine eye exams can help with early detection and allow you to get the best possible care.

Here are some possible health conditions that can be detected and addressed during a routine eye exam.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration

During your routine eye exam, your doctor will examine your eyes and may be able to detect other underlying medical conditions. Addressing these conditions early will help keep your health in plain sight!

In the meantime, here are some tips to keep you and your eyes healthy.

  • Antioxidants help maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. Berries, beans, and artichoke are all delicious sources of antioxidants that can help keep your eyes healthy.
  • Eating more omega 3's can help relieve symptoms of dry-eye. Foods high in Omega 3 include flax seed oil, walnuts, fatty fish and seafood. Researchers have found the fatty acids are needed for the eyes to perform optimally, but the body cannot produce the acid. Get your serving from fish or flaxseed.

In certain states, eye exams are performed by Independent Doctors of Optometry.

The contents of this webpage are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical or optometric advice. The information provided is not intended for the diagnosis of a medical condition and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified health provider.