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Posted on 02-01-2017

How Eye Exams Detect Disease  

Did you know that your eyes allow our Lisle IL optometrist to see some important information about your overall physical health? Eye doctors are sometimes the first medical professionals to note symptoms of, not only eye diseases, but serious systemic diseases like diabetes. Our eye doctor in Lisle may alert you to major health problems that could be in the early stages, long before you notice any symptoms on your own.

Dr. Stazak and his team do this by carefully examining the following:

  • Appearance of your eyes
  • Interior eye structure
  • Details like eye pressure measurement
  • Eye performance
  • Vision testing

Systemic Health Problems That Show in Your Eyes

Your optometrist in Lisle may refer you to your personal physician if signs of the following are noted during your eye exam:

  • Hypertension: High IOC (intraocular pressure), typically tested at your annual eye exam, may indicate you have systemic high blood pressure/hypertension. High blood pressure is also often seen as bleeding from tiny blood vessels at the back of your eye. Our Lisle optometrist notes the condition of these vessels during the dilated portion of your eye exam and/or when imaging your eye with highly sensitive devices.
  • Heart Attack or Stroke: High blood pressure and bleeding behind the eye may mean you are at risk for these serious health problems. During vision testing, your eye doctor may find that you have some peripheral (side) vision loss that you’re not aware of, which could indicate a prior (or impending) stroke or high blood pressure problem.
  • Diabetes or pre-diabetes: Accumulation of blood sugar can lead to fluid leakage within the eye, including tiny blood spots, that may first be noted by our optometrist. If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, our optometrist in Lisle IL will conduct more frequent and detailed eye exams, since you are at higher risk for diabetic retinopathy (eye damage from diabetes), glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Flu: An eye exam can even reveal a hyper-sensitive papillary reaction, (bumps, redness and irritation) beneath the eyelids, indicating possible flu.
  • And more. Changes in your eye health and vision can also come along with hormonal changes like pregnancy or menopause, as a side effect of cancer treatment and more.

Discuss Any Vision Symptoms with Our Lisle IL Optometrist

When you visit our optometrist, be sure to tell us about any vision changes you have noticed. This information helps your eye doctor in Lisle to determine if the issue is in your eyes--or if it might be a whole-body health issue. Dry eyes, for example, could mean dry eye disease--or could be a sign of an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, which is most common in women.

If you're at high risk for eye problems, have noticed unusual vision changes lately, or are simply overdue for your eye exam, contact Choice Eye Care in Lisle IL for proper diagnosis. We serve Wheaton, Downers Grove, Naperville, and surrounding areas in DuPage County. Call 630-969-2020 today. 

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