A comprehensive eye exam can reveal a great deal more than the health of your eyes. Thus, any problems uncovered during an eye exam may offer the first clues of a systemic medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, several autoimmune disorders, and even some cancers. For instance, diabetes (which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke) can damage the capillaries that supply the retina. As a result, abnormal blood vessels in the eyes may hemorrhage, form scar tissue, and lead to severe vision loss. These same circulatory problems in the retina may also point to blood-vessel damage elsewhere that is indicative of kidney disease, nerve damage, and even a heart attack or stroke.
We can help you with state-of- the-art diagnostic testing. At MAYO EYE CENTER, we recommend a yearly eye examination, especially for anyone with a family history of diabetes. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd., where we are experienced in the medical and surgical treatment for a myriad of eye conditions. Please call 662.234.3937 to schedule an appointment.