Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes eating well, exercising, and getting regular vision check-ups. A WellVision Exam® is the most thorough eye exam, designed to detect signs of eye-related and other health conditions.
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The most common form of diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy, a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes. To protect your vision, it is important to control your blood sugar level, particularly if you are diabetic. And be sure to get an annual eye exam so your VSP doctor can look for symptoms and signs of diabetic eye disease as well as other serious health conditions.Diabetic Eye Disease
A leading cause of blindness in the United States, glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that results in optic nerve damage. Abnormally high pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) usually causes this damage and can lead to a loss of vision. Glaucoma can damage your optic nerve causing loss of vision so gradually you may not notice any vision changes until the disease is at an advanced stage.
Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. During a comprehensive eye exam, your VSP doctor can look for signs of glaucoma by measuring your intraocular pressure, examining your optic nerves and evaluating your peripheral vision.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the force of the blood in the arteries is elevated. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Many people have high blood pressure for years without experiencing symptoms. Even without obvious symptoms, high blood pressure can still damage your blood vessels and heart. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Detection is the first step to controlling your high blood pressure, so be sure to get a vision exam every year. During a comprehensive exam, your VSP doctor can check for signs of high blood pressure and other serious health conditions.High Blood Pressure
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. High cholesterol disease (hypercholesterolemia) is caused by fatty deposits in the blood vessels which restrict blood flow through the arteries. Our bodies need cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Another danger of high cholesterol is stroke, caused by a decrease in blood flow to the brain.
High cholesterol can usually be managed with a healthy diet and exercise, and in some cases, medication. An annual eye exam is an easy way to keep an eye on things like high cholesterol. During your exam, your VSP doctor can look for health conditions like high cholesterol.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers the nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms vary, but those with severe MS may experience nerve damage and can lose some or total ability to walk. While there's no cure for MS, there are treatments that can help with management of the disease. During a vision exam, your VSP doctor can check for a variety of serious health conditions, including MS.Multiple Sclerosis
When the blood supply to any part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen and food, leading to stroke. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for stroke.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for Americans, but the good news is that with early intervention, they can be treated and even prevented. Stroke prevention starts with making good choices like eating right, getting plenty of exercise and cutting out the cigarettes. And be sure to get an annual vision exam so your VSP doctor can check for signs of stroke and other serious health conditions.
Heart disease (cardiovascular disease) refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart. These include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems; and congenital heart defects, among others.
Heart disease causes narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to chest pain, heart attack, or stroke. Most forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated through lifestyle choices like healthy eating, exercising, and avoiding tobacco. An annual vision exam is also a great way to keep tabs on your health. During a comprehensive vision exam, your VSP doctor can look inside your eyes to check for signs of heart disease.
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