Your vision is priceless, care for it with regular eye tests.
By: BluBird Optical, Birnam, Johannesburg
Having your eyes tested regularly not only ensures that your current vision is razor sharp, it goes a long way to ensure you have long-term eye health by detecting any irregularities in your vision while they’re still manageable. Not only are your eyes the window to your soul, they’re also the window to your overall health status.
In addition, conditions that affect other areas of your body are frequently diagnosed by optometrists during routine but comprehensive eye exams. In addition, before you choose your clinician for your test, check that they have the latest equipment available to make do comprehensive testing and detection. Testing your eyes goes way beyond glasses, prescriptions and contact lenses. While you may feel that you don’t need an eye test because you have good vision - eye tests are vital in checking your eye health as well as your overall health.
For example, your optometrist will be equipped to identify signs of diabetes before your GP does, especially if you’ve missed your annual health check-up.
While you may think you see fine, and that may very well be the case – eye tests are not just about vision. With the latest technology as used in-house at BluBird Optical in Johannesburg, a comprehensive eye test can check for and slow down underlying symptoms related to:
- Age-related macular degeneration - the breakdown of themacula, the small central area of the retina responsible for centralised vision
- High blood pressure - blood vessel in the walls of the eye may thicken, narrowing the vessels and restricting blood from reaching the retina. In some cases, it becomes swollen and its function is limited, and in severe cases, there may even be bleeding behind the eye.
- Diabetes – when you have diabetes, tell-tale signs are that the tiny capillaries in the retina of can leak fluid or in some cases blood, in both instances, these signs can be detected with an eye test.
- Hypertension – can be picked up with an eye test when blood vessels in the eye may bend, have tears or twists
- Auto-immune disorders – should your eye test reveal that your eye has become red and very inflamed, it could indicate a precursor to Lupus or auto-immune illnesses.
- Higher than normal cholesterol – in this case, your optometrist will discover that the cornea has yellowish tinge or display a yellow ring around. This could be a sign that you’re suffering from higher than normal levels of cholesterol.
- Thyroid disease – a giveaway sign of thyroid or Graves disease is eyeballs that protrude or bulge away from the eye socket. known as Disease.
- Cancer – a condition called ocular melanoma as well as basal cell carcinomas can be can be picked up by your optometrist
- Tumours - should your eye test pick up that you have droopy eyelids or misshapen pupils, it may be a sign of an aneurism or tumour
To keep your vision at its best while ensuring optimal eye health, don’t miss your annual eye examination!