As we age, our chances of being impacted by disease or conditions increases. In addition, those who live unhealthy lifestyles, eat poorly and don’t take care of their bodies, also have increased chances for disease. Factor in issues which are related to genetics and our families, and the chance that most of us will be impacted by one of these issues is quite high.
From diabetes to high cholesterol, more and more, experts are seeing a connection between our eyes and our overall health. While some issues may be signs of something relatively minor such as an allergy, some indicators can tell your ophthalmologist something much more serious.
Cedars-Sinai for example, recently announced that they have discovered abnormalities of the eye which may help reveal early-stage Alzheimer’s. This could be a major discovery as scientist’s continues to research ways to slow or prevent this terrible disease which is the leading cause of dementia today.
While this connection may only have just been discovered, it has been known for much longer, that diseases and conditions including diabetes, common or uncommon allergies, jaundice and even hyperthyroidism can be identified by looking at the eyes.
Take a look at some of the conditions and how they may manifest in your eyes.
Diabetes – Those who suffer from diabetes may see many changes in their overall health including in their eyes. When your blood sugar is out of control, your vision will likely begin to deteriorate. In addition, many who have diabetes will suffer from diabetic retinopathy as well, which if left untreated, may eventually lead to blindness.
Jaundice – Jaundice in adults may often develop in cases of hepatitis or liver cancer but may also seen in babies when first born. The main symptom of jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the sclera or white part of the eye.
Allergies – Allergies can be identified in many ways however, in many cases, people who suffer from allergies to either pollens, molds or even pets, may notice it in their eyes first. Itching, watering or even redness may all be signs that you have an allergy.
Stroke – A stroke may present many symptoms quickly but one of the most common symptoms includes sudden vision changes.
Anytime you notice ANY changes in your eye, it is important that you talk to your ophthalmologist right away. Vision which is fluctuating, floaters or flashes, loss of peripheral vision, or others may be indicators of something going on in your body.
While your eye health is important, your overall health is also very important. Visiting an ophthalmologist who understands these factors and other factors including age and even genetics, is the key to promoting eye and overall health. If you have a condition which may impact your vision, if you have any preexisting conditions or if you are at risk for certain conditions, it is imperative that you schedule regular visits to your ophthalmologist.
Alpine Eye Care – Ophthalmologist Northern Michigan
If you live in Northern Michigan and are in need of an ophthalmologist or an optometrist, Alpine Eye Care can help. Offering 3 Northern Michigan locations in Gaylord, Grayling and Cheboygan, we are the right choice for all your eye care needs. To contact us, call us at 1.877.SEE.2020 or online here.
Protect your eyes and promote good health, schedule an appointment today.