5 health issues that can show up in an eye test


Specsavers Optometrist Karen Walsh describes some of the conditions that can show up in an eye health check.

1. Cardiovascular disease


Blocked retinal blood vessels can be a sign of high cholesterol which can lead to short episodes of visual loss.

2. Diabetic eye disease


Diabetes can affect small blood vessels in the eye, damaging the retina, which is vital for sight. An eye health check can detect changes to the retina caused by diabetes before you notice any changes to your vision – this includes early characteristic changes, such as tiny leaks from damaged blood vessels.

3. High blood pressure


Patients with high blood pressure can develop a condition called hypertensive retinopathy. A swollen retina, leaking blood vessels, thickening of the blood vessel walls and restricted blood flow could all be signs of high blood pressure.

4. Arthritis


Autoimmune forms of the disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, as well as causing inflammation in your joints, can also cause inflammation in your eyes. Arthritis can have a significant impact on your vision with signs picked up in an eye health check.

5. Ocular tumours


Eye health checks may pick up signs of cancers of the eye as well as swelling of the optic nerves which can indicate the possibility of a brain tumour.

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As the information above indicates, eye health checks are an essential part of maintaining your overall health.

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