Did you know an optometrist can detect certain health problems? They can help to discover cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and more. When you visit an optometrist, you maybe be asked a couple of questions about your health. Do not be shocked or appalled because it’s a possibility that your optometrist has detected a health problem that you should treat immediately.

Here are 5 health problems an eye exam can detect:

1. Diabetes

Your optometrist can detect diabetes. This can be detected through a small amount of bleeding in the retina. This type of condition is known as diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness if not treated properly. Therefore, it’s important to see an optometrist if they can detect any health problems at an early stage in order to prevent permanent damage to your eyes.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your optometrist can detect rheumatoid arthritis. This can be detected if you have dry eyes or if you experience painful inflammation at least twice a year. The optometrist can also recommend further test in order to confirm this health problem. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss an appointment with your optometrist so they can help you detect serious health problems before the condition worsens.

3. Multiple Sclerosis

Your optometrist can detect multiple sclerosis. This can be detected by examining the health of the optic nerves. The optometrist will look at the back of the eye through a dilated fundus exam. In addition, your optometrist can also detect optic neuritis, which is an inflammation of the optic nerve. This health problem is a precursor to the main damage to your vision which is usually discovered through symptoms like blurred vision.

4. Cancer

Your optometrist can detect cancer. This can be detected by taking a closer look at the eye to discover specific pigmentation that is related to cancer. If your optometrist discovers pigmentation in your eye, you will be referred to a specialist to conduct a comprehensive treatment.

5. High Blood Pressure

Your optometrist can detect high blood pressure. This can be detected through the narrowing and weakening of the blood vessels in the retina. The optometrist can also discover bends, links or tears in the blood vessels that can indicate high blood pressure.


About New Optical Palace

New Optical Palace is your Optician and Optometrist in the Kitchener and Waterloo Area. We offer eye exams for adults and children and a wide selection of prescription glasses for your prescription, contact lenses, and sunglasses.