What do you think about when it comes to total health? Do you think about blood pressure, energy level, cholesterol, major diseases or body weight? All of those are common aspects of physical health, but how often do you consider your eyes? Odds are that unless you have a problem with your vision already, you rarely consider your sight part of your total health.
Honestly, most people feel this way. And we understand. For some reason, it’s easy to separate the eyes and vision from total body health, but it’s a sentiment that needs to be reworked. That’s why we at Steck Eye Care want to take the opportunity to share a few ways that eye health relates to the rest of your body and how by prioritizing care in this area can lead to a more full and rich life overall.
First, let’s talk about the obvious. Your eyes are what allow you to see the world around you. They affect your ability to do your job and earn a living. They allow you to drive, walk, do household chores and perform routine tasks. Your eyes enable you to participate in hobbies and recreation and to enjoy the moments away from the office. And, most importantly, they help you to see and interact with those around you. Thus, your eyes can greatly contribute to your mental and emotional health by adding to your ability to work, play and love.
More Than Just For Vision
Beyond the life experiences, the health of your eyes can also play an important role in the condition of your total body. Of course the eyes have their own set of care needs based on specific conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and others, but did you know that they can also help detect and diagnose other major health issues? According to the Mayo Clinic, serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can show symptoms in the eyes. That’s why, during an eye exam, your optometrist may ask you questions about overall health and family history. Should the doctor see any warning signs, he or she can refer you to a physician who can diagnose and treat any underlying issues in these areas.
The eyes are fascinating organs, and they can do so much more than we often realize—especially when it comes to total body health and life experience. That’s why we at Steck Eye Care want to encourage you to get regular eye exams. Doing this will help you not only see more clearly, but also live more fully.
To schedule your next eye exam, call us today (414) 628-4235!