Why an eye check could save your life

Th­ese se­ri­ous con­di­tions can be de­tected by an op­tometrist, who can then re­fer you to your GP.

Woman's Own - - Health Live Well -

1 DI­A­BETES A high blood-glu­cose level can dam­age blood ves­sels. The op­tometrist looks for small leaks at the back of the eye. 2 HY­PER­TEN­SION (HIGH BLOOD Pres­sure) Linked with stroke, heart disease and vas­cu­lar de­men­tia, it af­fects one in three UK adults but is of­ten symp­tom­less. The blood ves­sels in the retina will be wig­gly due to the force of the blood pass­ing through – which can lead to haem­or­rhag­ing. 3 CAR­DIO­VAS­CU­LAR DISEASE High choles­terol can cause blood ves­sel block­ages lead­ing to ‘blind spots’. Small lumps or choles­terol par­ti­cles can be seen dur­ing a test. 4 EYE CAN­CER As with any part of the body, can­cer­ous growths can oc­cur in­side the eye. 5 MUL­TI­PLE SCLE­RO­SIS This causes in­flam­ma­tion of the op­tic nerve, which trans­mits in­for­ma­tion to the brain. Your op­tometrist should spot this dur­ing a check-up.

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