Posted on 30th January 2019
Eyes are said to be the windows to the soul, but in fact they could be the windows to less ethereal parts of the body like the heart.
An eye examination is recommended at least every two years to check the health of your eyes and to examine how well you can see. However, did you know several other health conditions can be identified through a routine eye examination? What we have in the eye is a view into the body that can let you look at lots of different types of tissue such as collagen, blood vessels and nerves, allowing optometrists to see signs of certain diseases which commonly affect these tissues in the eye.
For some, they may be oblivious to the fact that they have a condition until their optometrist reports their findings. Conditions which could be identified through a comprehensive eye examination include:
In addition, the OCT scanning equipment that we use as part of our eye examinations to assess the back of your eyes, is being used in clinical trials as a non-invasive way of detecting a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. We are following these current clinical trials with great interest.
If it was just vision we checked, we wouldn’t need all the pre-screening tests which we perform at every examination. These tests allow us investigate the health of your eyes, as well as your wider health, so you can leave your eye examination with a degree of peace of mind. Last year we made the decision to invest in the latest, hospital-grade scanner, which is only available in a handful of optometrists in the UK, ensuring our examinations are as comprehensive possible. We hope this gives our patients additional reassurance when they come for an eye examination.
So if you feel your vision hasn’t changed since your last eye examination, this doesn’t negate the need for you to visit your optometrist. You can book an eye examination by calling 0131 225 2235, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through our online booking system.
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