Your Eyes Speak Volumes – Why Visiting your Eye Doctor could save your Life!

You could imagine a visit to the eye doctor improving your vision but you probably never pictured it could save your life. Well, it can! Your eyes hold amazing cues to your overall health which your eye doctor can easily see and interpret. These cues can be a tell-tale of hypertension, high cholesterol, melanoma or high blood sugar. Your eye doctor could detect a serious health problem such as high cholesterol if he notices yellowish plaques within the retinal blood vessels or he could suspect high blood pressure if your eyes arteries are showing  a silver or copper coloring. If not caught early, blood vessels in the retina and throughout the body may harden, increasing your risk for heart attack or stroke. Leaky blood vessels might be a sign of diabetes. High blood sugar can clog and damage retinal blood … Read More

What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist and an Optician?

An ophthalmologist is a doctor who has completed college and has at least eight years of additional medical training. He is an M.D. with experience or specializes in eye problems and is trained to perform eye surgeries. An optometrist is trained to help improve patient’s vision by prescribing eyeglasses or contacts. They are also able to diagnose and treat some eye diseases. Optometrists are health care professionals who provide vision care such as sight testing and correction. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. An optician is a specialized … Read More