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Posted on 04-19-2017

Is Your Health Affecting Your Vision?eye exam

Many individuals face a wide range of changes to their vision over their lifetime. It is always important for you to have an annual eye exam. During this eye exam, we can monitor for those changes and, potentially, help to protect your vision in the long term. Though some people may believe they cannot control the way their vision changes, that’s not always the case. When you visit your optometrist in Plano at Eye Gallery, we’ll talk to you about how your health may be impacting your vision.

What Can Impact Your Vision?

There are a variety of ways that your health can play a role in how sharp and clear your vision is. It can also play a role in whether or not you lose your vision over the long term. Here are some examples that may impact you:

Red eyes

Can impact your quality of vision. They may be caused by allergens you’re exposed to for example or an infection.

Diabetic retinopathy

This is a condition that develops in individuals with diabetes. It causes changes in the blood vessels in your eyes, causing vision problems when left untreated.

Dry eye

This can an impact your vision as well. Chronic dry eyes can occur as a result of hormonal changes, as well as changes in your daily routine or the environment.

High blood pressure

This can create significant changes in your vision. That’s because high blood pressure will strain the eyes causing the vessels to narrow or bleed. This can create permanent vision problems.

Viruses

This can also impact your vision. This includes viruses linked to herpes, pink eye, and shingles.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

It can increase the risk of development of cataracts or glaucoma.

 If you have any of these health conditions, inform your optometrist about them. It’s important to monitor your health and vision on an ongoing basis to protect your eyes.

Contact Us for an Eye Exam Today

Call the Eye Gallery for an appointment with your Plano optometrist. Get an eye exam today: 972-519-0006.

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