91% of Americans feel that the health of their eyes is as important as the health of their heart, 32% admit they do not know how to take good care of their eyes.
Eyes Are the Window to Other Serious Chronic Conditions
Eyes reveal more than just vision issues. Comprehensive eye exams can also detect diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and cancer, of which the first three are the most prevalent chronic conditions identified by doctors of optometry. Through comprehensive eye exams, the early detection and ongoing management of these diseases has resulted in almost $1 million in annual savings according to an analysis of a large database of multiple employers. Other costly and disabling conditions can also be identified including multiple sclerosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, according to a study by UnitedHealthcare of 820,000 members.
Common Eye Conditions
The links below include doctor-reviewed and doctor-approved information on some of the most common eye conditions that are often detected during a comprehensive eye exam:
- Dry Eye
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular Degeneration
- Ocular Hypertension