Did you know that you have two secret weapons you’re born with that can help you manage your health for a long time? Your eyes, of course!
That’s because comprehensive eye exams provide the only possible non-invasive view of blood vessels and the optic nerve. As a result, eye doctors can detect early signs of chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), and diabetes before any healthcare provider. One study found that eye doctors were the first to identify signs of diabetes 34% of the time, high blood pressure 39% of the time, and high cholesterol 62% of the time.
Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in men and women, second only to cancer. It’s even known as the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms before a heart attack. Thankfully, your eye doctor can help spot early signs of heart disease during a comprehensive eye exam.
Interested in learning more? VSP provider Dr. Stephanie Kirschbaum explains the connection in Eye Exams Get to the Heart of Wellness.
Take advantage of your secret weapons! Make your annual appointment with your eye doctor today.
This is a guest post by VSP employee, Laurel G.