At Eyewear Studio our optometrist in Niagara Falls ON is often the first to find signs of diabetes and high cholesterol during an eye exam. The reason is that many times, diabetic diseases such diabetic retinopathy affect the blood vessels in the eyes first. The capillaries and blood vessels of the eyes can be affected first by a number of different diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Diabetes is often one of the main diseases that can show up during an eye exam. Diabetes is common in many Americans and if not treated in time, can cause serious health problems that affect every part of the body. Because the diabetic person does not process blood sugar properly, the disease may cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can block blood vessels and cause them to swell, leaking blood. Our optometrist in Niagara Falls ON most likely will notice this during your eye exam. If not treated, diabetes may lead to vision loss or blindness. When eyes remain healthy, it is usually a good indicator that the rest of the body is in good health, too. Always check with your primary care doctor during your physical to ensure that you are in good overall health.
High blood pressure can also show up and be found by our optometrist in Niagara Falls ON. If you are experiencing blurry vision, you should see our doctor immediately. It may indicate hypertension, which can result in heart attack if not treated properly. And if you experience white rings around the eyes, have an eye exam to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can result in clogged arteries and heart disease. Your cholesterol levels can be treated by eating a good diet, exercising, and staying as stress free as possible.