Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eye exams detect,high BP, Diabetes,Cholesterol...

I went for my annual eye exam,  Dr. Brandi is an excellent physician and wonderful person too.  I have been under her care for many years, what I didn’t know for some strange reason is with the diagnostic tools that are utilized in her office she can tell me if I have the beginning stages of macular degeneration, weather I am experiencing blood pressure issues, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, cholesterol problems,  plus the traditional near and far sightedness.

How does she do this you may ask well, here is an example, diabetes can cause small blood vessel to leak and the doctor can see bleeding in the eye, as well as swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss. Your eye doctor will likely detect this during a complete eye exam. It is estimated that one-third of Americans who have diabetes don't know it; your eye doctor may detect the disease before your primary care physician does, especially if you're overdue for a physical.

Top 5 tips for keeping your eyes healthy

  1. Be aware of a family history of vision problems and have your eyes checked every 2 years
  2. Be sure to protect your eyes against UV rays.
  3. Get regular screening for diabetes and blood pressure issues.
  4. American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends regular exercise.  They claim up to a 70% reduction in the chance of age related macular degeneration if you stay active.
  5. Don’t ignore any changes in your vision.      
Another tip I must share is our Eye Protection Formula a vegetarian formula filled with the essentials for eye health lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry, and taurine.  This formula is always a top ten and member favorite.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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