At Evergreen Optometry, we understand that your eye health is not just about vision. Regular eye exams go beyond assessing your eyesight; they can reveal crucial insights into your overall health. During your exam, we look for signs that may reveal important health information beyond just your vision. We take pride in providing comprehensive eye care, offering you not only trusted vision care but also a proactive approach to monitoring your well-being.

Can an eye exam detect health issues other than vision problems?

Yes, absolutely. Eye exams can uncover a range of health issues beyond just assessing your vision. At Evergreen Optometry, our eye doctors are trained to look for signs and symptoms that may indicate broader health concerns. We consider your eyes as windows to your overall well-being.

What health conditions can be detected through an eye exam?

Your eye exam at Evergreen Optometry is not just about checking your vision; it’s a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health. Here are some of the health conditions that can be detected through an eye exam:

  • Diabetes: Abnormalities in the blood vessels of the retina can be an early sign of diabetes.
  • High Blood Pressure: Changes in blood vessel appearance may indicate hypertension.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases: Certain eye conditions may suggest an increased risk of heart problems.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: Inflammation in the eyes can be linked to autoimmune diseases like lupus.
  • Tumors: Rarely, eye exams can reveal signs of eye tumors or brain tumors affecting vision.
  • Neurological Conditions: Changes in eye movement or coordination can suggest neurological problems.
  • Glaucoma: Elevated intraocular pressure can lead to glaucoma, which may cause vision loss if left untreated.

Are there specific symptoms or signs that may indicate a health problem during an eye exam?

Beyond assessing your vision, an eye exam can reveal subtle signs that might point to broader health issues. Keep an eye out for these symptoms during your examination:

  • Headaches: Frequent headaches may be associated with uncorrected vision or other medical conditions.
  • Eye Fatigue: Persistent eye strain could be linked to digital eye strain..
  • Floaters and Flashes: These could indicate retinal issues or migraines.
  • Halos Around Lights: Such visual disturbances may relate to cataracts or glaucoma or a corneal condition such as keratoconus or even astigmatism..
  • Color Vision Changes: Difficulty distinguishing colors may signal eye or systemic conditions.
  • Light Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to light may indicate eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome or sometimes even neurological concerns.
  • Difficulty Focusing: Difficulty focusing may be a sign of eye disorders or neurological issues and can even be a side effect of certain medications..

How often should I have an eye exam to monitor my overall health?

Your eye health is a priority at Evergreen Optometry. To effectively monitor your overall health, consider the following guidelines for scheduling your eye exams:

  • Pediatrics: A comprehensive eye exam is recommended at age 3, earlier if any visual problems are suspected. School-age children should have an eye exam every year to monitor for vision changes, this is to ensure the child does not miss important information in school due to blurry vision or reading difficulties that are caused by an eye problem.
  • Young Adults: A baseline eye exam in your twenties is a good starting point if you have never had an eye exam prior.. If no issues arise, a follow-up every two years is recommended.
  • Adults Aged 40-64: Annual eye exams can help detect age-related changes and health conditions in their early stages.
  • Seniors (65+): Annual eye exams become increasingly important to address age-related eye conditions and overall health.

However, please note that these are general recommendations. Our team will tailor your eye exam schedule based on your health history, risk factors, and individual needs to ensure comprehensive care.

Seeing Clearly, Living Healthily: Your Path to Wellness Starts Here!

Your eye exam at Evergreen Optometry isn’t just about checking your vision; it’s your gateway to a healthier life. By keeping a close watch on your eyes, we can detect potential health issues early, allowing for prompt intervention. We invite you to experience the difference comprehensive eye care can make in enhancing your vision and life. Take the first step towards better health by scheduling your eye exam today, and let us guide you on the path to a healthier, clearer future.

Chelsea Nolasco, Optometrist

Dr. Nolasco

Dr. Chelsey Nolasco is the owner and optometrist of Evergreen Optometry. She specializes in contact lenses, diabetic eyecare, glaucoma and pediatrics along with routine primary eyecare. Dr. Nolasco is known by her patients for her easygoing demeanor and bright smile, and often hears from patients that her eye exam is the best and most thorough exam they have ever had. Call today to schedule an appointment.