I’m in Need of a Comprehensive Eye Exam; Should I Put It Off a Little Longer?
As eye doctors, we are doing our best to keep our offices as clean and safe as they can be during this pandemic. The real issue is making sure patients are healthy and they are seeing their best. If you have any changes or problems, then it is critical to make sure the situation is properly triaged and managed before vision is permanently lost. As long as you feel comfortable and safe, the time to schedule your exam is now.
When considering the overall health of the body, the eyes can show an eye doctor if there may be other problems going on in the body. For adults, we are mostly talking about diabetes and high blood pressure, but it is estimated that over 250 diseases can be diagnosed via the eyes. We tend to ignore the health of the eyes even though they are so very important to each and every one of us. Just ask someone who has lost vision and you will get the truly best answer to this question.
In the last month, I have had to admit two patients to the hospital for system conditions that happened to manifest in the eyes, and if not treated, one could have died and the other could have gone blind in one eye. Both patients were in their 30's.