10 Surprising Health Concerns Eye Exams Can Uncover

Think eye exams can only uncover eye issues? Think again. Here are the 10 most surprising health concerns a comprehensive eye exam can alert you to. 


Your annual eye exam in Calgary can uncover a lot of other health problems that you may be unknowingly experiencing or suffering from. That's why it's so important to always get your eyes examined as scheduled. That way you can safeguard your sight, ocular health, and overall health.

Here are the top 10 surprising health concerns a good old regular eye exam can uncover. 
 

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10 Surprising Health Concerns Eye Exams Can Uncover

They're called the windows to our soul. But our eyes can also be the windows to our overall health, with many surprising conditions or health problems being identified due to the changes they're causing within them. Here are 10 of the most surprising ones you probably didn't see coming. 

1. Lupus

Lupus is an inflammatory disease which often causes dry eyes. Another symptom it can cause within your eyes is swelling in the light sensitive or white section of the eyes. Lupus can also result in swelling of the middle layer of the eye as well. 

2. Lyme disease

Lyme disease is caused by tick bites and it leads to inflammation across the entire body. Those suffering from Lyme disease commonly have inflammation in their optic nerve, which their Calgary optometrist can easily identify during a routine eye exam. At the very beginning of the infection, a person may also experience floaters in their vision. 

3. Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that causes communication problems between the brain and body. One way it can be uncovered during a routine eye exam is through your optometrist noting inflammation of the optic nerve, which at times is a sign of the disease. This inflammation is usually paired with very blurry vision or pain when attempting to move your eyeball. 

4. Sexually transmitted infections

Syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea all cause changes to occur within varying layers of the eye and these changes are very noticeable to an experienced optometrist. 

5. Brain tumors

Brain tumors often lead to increased pressure within the structures of your head and the increase is sometimes able to be detected within the eye in the form of swelling at the back, which causes changes to your optic nerve. These changes can easily be spotted by an optometrist. 

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6. Thyroid disease

Hyperthyroidism, which is commonly known as Grave's disease, sometimes causes a person's eyeballs to protrude extremely noticeably. Or it can cause their eyelids to start retracting. Other noticeable eye symptoms caused by hyperthyroidism include blurred vision, dry eyes, or vision loss. 

7. Sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that can lead to a number of different eye problems for those who have it. This includes retinal detachment, severe hemorrhaging, and burst blood cells on the surface of the eye. 

8. Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects a number of organs in the body including the eyes. One of the most common eye problems caused by sarcoidosis is called iritis. Iritis is a very painful form of recurring inflammation which occurs in the iris of the eye, which is the section of the eye that's coloured. 

9. Myasthenia gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that is commonly first diagnosed by optometrists due to one of its very first symptoms being drooping eyelids. The disorder causes muscles to become tired or weak quite easily. Double vision at times is also an early symptom of this condition. 

10. Rheumatoid arthritis

If you have severe eye pain and your eyes are red, that may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Those who have rheumatoid arthritis are also prone to dry eyes. An experienced optometrist will easily be able to connect the dots between the three symptoms and send you for further testing. 

As the above list shows, there's a whole bunch of surprising health problems that a routine annual eye exam can alert you to. In some cases, this early detection could make a big difference in how far the disease or disorder progresses by allowing you to treat it right away.
 

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