May is Vision Health Month so we thought we'd take a minute to chat about eye health and the amazing things that can be seen during the eye health portion of your eye exam.
We've all heard the saying that "the eyes are the windows to the soul". But, the truth is that they are actually the windows to our health!
During a routine, comprehensive eye exam, it is not unusual for your Doctor of Optometry to notice signs related to systemic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.
Aside from testing your vision and determining your glasses/contact lens prescriptions, we are always sure to take a very close look at the internal health of your eyes as well.
Did you know, the optic nerve in the back of the eye is actually an extension of the brain?
This means that in some cases, we are able to detect serious issues such as brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, and others by evaluating this part of the eye closely.
Did you know, the retinal blood vessels in the back of the eye are directly related to the blood vessels in the brain and are only a few branches away from the heart?
The eye is the only place in the body that we can see our blood vessels in their natural environment. This is how, by looking into the eye, we can detect conditions that are associated with the heart such as blood pressure and cholesterol.
So, don't forget to get your eyes checked regularly so we can make sure you have clear vision and health eyes!