Your eyes are more than the windows to your soul – with a comprehensive eye checkup – they are a doorway to your overall health

eye dropReasons to visit your eye-care professional for a checkup usually center on getting corrective lenses for your eyes when you notice your vision has changed. But did you know that there are many general health benefits to having a regular checkup as well?

As we discussed in last month’s blog post, Your Eyes and Diabetes, getting an annual comprehensive eye exam performed will shed light not only on your vision issues, but overall health issues as well. In addition to detecting diseases like diabetes, your eye-care professional will be able to tell if you have hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid issues, tumors, sexually transmitted diseases, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “The eye is the only place in the body where a doctor can have an unobstructed view of our blood vessels, nerves, and connecting tissue — without any need for surgery. Because the eye has the same microscopic tissue as our other major organs, and is an important part of our larger nervous system, abnormalities spotted in the eye may signal the same changes in other parts of the body.”

So, it’s a good idea to have your eyes checked regularly, as a visit to your eye-care professional could literally save your life through early detection of some serious health issues! You can schedule an appointment by calling 609-653-9933 or using our online scheduler.

Don’t forget that now is a good time to use any remaining eye care benefits or flex spending before the end of the year!