Sometimes, routine things can result in finding other things you didn’t know were there.
You know how when you bring your car to the mechanic for new brakes or an oil change, and they suddenly find other problems you didn’t know about? The same can happen during a routine eye exam, only it can affect more important things than your transmission.
Annual eye exams are important not only to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear, but to make sure there aren’t any signs of eye diseases or serious conditions on the horizon. That’s why Dr. Andrew Mattson performs a thorough eye exam, checking your eye health and asking questions about your medical history and personal lifestyle.
At Lakeville Family Eye Care, we see patients from the entire Lakeville, Minnesota area. Let us give you and your family the top-quality eye care you deserve.
How Can You Find Diseases by Looking at My Eyes?
Dr. Andrew Mattson can diagnose diseases long before a general family doctor or specialist can. Your eye doctor has access to the most advanced technology, which is used to examine the tiny blood vessels of the eyes, which can show signs of illness. This ultimately gives your doctor an idea of what may be happening elsewhere in your body.
Did you know that more than 170 diseases can be diagnosed during an eye exam? This includes things like:
- Graves Disease
Over 130 Americans have a chronic disease, and in Canada, 44% of adults over the age of 20 have a chronic illness. Without routine medical care, many illnesses can go unnoticed until they’re more severe and more difficult to treat. That’s why early detection is vital to your health and well-being.
Your Eyes Are Like a Computer Popup
Who likes popup messages? If you’re like most people, you probably automatically close them when they get in your way. But sometimes, these messages can be important. A popup message on your browser or desktop notification may be a warning about malware or a virus that can put your computer at risk, or it may simply tell you about an important software update.
Your eyes are like a computer popup. They can show signs of diseases or disorders that you may be totally unaware of, warning you of potential threats to your health. This is why it’s so important to have regular eye exams.
How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?
Many people visit their family doctor when they’re sick, but not always for an annual checkup (although that’s always a good idea). By the time they’ve been diagnosed, the condition will likely already have progressed.
When it comes to your vision and overall eye health, you should have an eye exam every year. Should you develop any conditions, or if you’re at risk due to family or medical history, your doctor will probably recommend more frequent eye exams. This way, we can monitor the condition while doing everything we can to help slow down its progression and maximize your vision.
Your Doctor Is the First Line of Defense
Because optometrists can diagnose diseases during a routine eye exam, your eye doctor is typically the first line of defense against serious illnesses. They may be able to determine if you’re at risk of a stroke or diabetes, so don’t wait. Make annual eye exams a priority and schedule yours with Lakeville Family Eye Care today.