Often times we are told that the eyes are the windows to your soul, but did you know your eyes also hold primary indicators that can allow for an early diagnosis of many different diseases. While we may believe our eyes can only show signs of optical diseases, the truth is that the appearance of our eyes can also indicate problems throughout our bodies. This is just one of the many reasons why adults of any age and all levels of vision, be your eye sight perfect or needing correction, need to be visiting their local eye doctor at least once a year. To find out what your eyes say about you, simply book your Summerville eye exams with the welcoming and knowledgeable team at the offices of James Deavers, OD, PA.
The eyes can often reveal the signs of many optical diseases, such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, and glaucoma to name only a few. However, your eyes are also hold an invaluable link to many of the systems of your body, and can reveal signs of problems that can be identified through Summerville eye exams. The presence of an overactive thyroid gland, also known as Grave’s Disease, presents itself through a bug eyed appearance, as well as nervousness and weight loss. A gray ring around the edge of the cornea of your eye is often caused by high cholesterol and triglycerides, a symptom of clogging arteries that can greatly increase your risk of heart attacks and stroke. Cell carcinomas from skin cancer can occur in areas of the body which many of us may not think to look for them, including the lids of your eyes, creating a sore that does not heal and often results in a loss of eyelashes. Eyelids which droop can be a sign of an autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness, known as myasthenia gravis. Droopy eyelids accompanied by pupils of different sizes can indicate aneurysms or tumors in the neck, caused by Horner’s syndrome. The retina of your eye can also indicate the presence of many dangerous illnesses, such as HIV, as well as diabetes, which can often cause diabetic retinopathy if the illness is not properly treated and regulated. Your eyes can even reveal the presence of metastatic cancers that are occurring in other areas of the body, such as lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women.
Adults should be receiving their Summerville eye exams at least once a year for the health of their eyes, as well as the overall wellness of their bodies. Our fully licensed and professionally trained team lead by Dr. James Deavers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disease within the eyes. With exams at the practice of James Deavers, OD, PA you can work to insure clear vision and overall health for a lifetime.