Your Eye Doctor is the First Line of Defense
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also a window into the rest of your body. Many diseases and health issues manifest themselves in your eyes. Long before you feel pain or experience significant changes within your body, your eyes tell a story.
Dr. Kristin Gunn and the dedicated team at Opticare Vision Center provide eye exams, diagnoses, and treatments for patients in the Cherry Grove, Ohio area. We can help you and your family with total vision and health care needs.
Your Eye Doctor Helps More Than Just Your Eyes
When your stomach hurts, you see your family doctor. If your child is sick, you take them to their pediatrician. So it makes sense that if your eye is hurting, you’d visit your eye doctor. When it comes to vision care, there’s more than meets the eye – literally.
Signs and symptoms of diseases may be visible in the eyes because the smallest blood vessels of the body are in your eyes. Like an early warning sign, these tiny blood vessels can show evidence of illness, even if they aren’t completely developed yet. Waiting until things progress can seriously impact your health, so don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristin Gunn now.
What Kind of Diseases Show in the Eyes?
Certain diseases can be diagnosed during a routine eye exam. This includes conditions such as:
- Clogged arteries
- Graves Disease
- High blood pressure
A patient can begin developing these conditions without even knowing it. Even if you notice symptoms, it’s easy to attribute them to other, less serious causes.
For example, while blurry or cloudy vision are symptoms of cataracts, blurriness can also be caused by exhaustion, stress, or side effects from certain medications. High blood pressure is common during pregnancy, in smokers, and in people who are overweight, but it’s also a leading symptom of diabetes.
If you have a family history of any diseases, discuss this with your eye doctor. Knowing about any potential health concerns ahead of time means we can look out for any red flags during your visit.
Why Should I Visit My Eye Doctor Instead of My Family Doctor?
Although your family care physician is certainly qualified to diagnose and treat illnesses, most patients only visit their doctor when they don’t feel well. By then, whatever the underlying cause is has likely progressed.
That’s why visiting your eye doctor before it gets to that point is so important. Your optometrist does a lot more than simply provide you with glasses or contacts for vision correction. Dr. Kristin Gunn can examine your eyes and visual health and with the help of advanced vision technology, can pinpoint early signs of potential problems. Make annual eye exams a priority by contacting our office today.
Your Eye Doctor Can Stop Illness
That’s why your optometrist is the 1st line of defense against serious health problems. Dr. Kristin Gunn has the knowledge, skills, and experience to catch signs of illnesses that show in your eyes. What’s more – the eye doctor can diagnose them non-invasively, through a standard eye exam. An early diagnosis is absolutely critical in getting you the right treatment – the sooner, the better.
So don’t put off the importance of eye exams. Contact Opticare Vision Center today for an appointment. Let us help you get on the right track to a long and healthy life.