I Can See the Future in Your Eyes… MUST READ!


posted by on Ashley Hebert, DMD., Health



I know this sounded like an intro to some love story, typical of me, I know, but I’ve been reading about a topic that I think is important for everyone to know about! I, myself, through dentistry have found that prevention of disease is what we all should put more resources into. One of the main reasons I am going into Pediatric Dentistry is because I believe that the most important way to be healthy and stay healthy, is to prevent disease. All too often, we deal with disease AFTER the fact.

So here is one simply way to either justify going to the eye doctor once a year, or make the most out of your annual eye exam:

Did you know the first symptom of many common systemic diseases can be seen in the eye before ANY OTHER place in the body?? Many common systemic diseases such as autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, and, sometimes something as serious as melanoma, can first present itself to you through the eye’s retina and blood vessels. The body sends clues to the retina or blood vessels in the eye that often come before it can be detected throughout the rest of your body.

In one of many examples, hypertension is undiagnosed in about 20% of patients, and that number would drastically decrease if they had visited their optometrist. High blood pressure can be recognized through an eye examination because retinal arteries appear to have a silver or copper hue to them. This is easily recognized by your optometrist. Another example is those with underlying autoimmune disease often have signs of inflammation and damage in the eye. When this is recognized in an eye exam, you have about a 40% chance of having a systemic autoimmune disease! Wow!

Moral of the story: if you want to see a brighter, healthier future, get an eye exam annually!

“See” you later. ;)


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