Some say the eyes are the window to your soul, but did you know they are also a window to your overall health? Signs of high blood pressure and other conditions which can indicate an increased risk of heart disease and stroke can be seen with an eye exam.
As February is American Heart Month, Drs. Richard Driscoll and Alycia Green of Total Eye Care are encouraging residents of Keller and Colleyville to take this opportunity to protect their vision and heart health by having an eye exam and an optomap retinal exam.
Dr. Driscoll comments: “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.”*
Most people don’t realize that by visiting their optometrist for an eye examination, and in particular by having a simple optomap, signs of hypertension can be detected, which if left untreated, can lead to heart problems and stroke.
An optomap is one of the most advanced technologies in eye care technology. It is the only technology currently available that provides an ultra-wide 82% view of the retina (the back of the eye) in one image – including the all-important periphery for successful diagnostics of both eye and non-eye related conditions and diseases.
“Viewing the retina during an eye examination allows me to see the retinal blood vessels and detect any changes to their size and pattern,” Says Dr. Green. “Such changes can be indicative of changes in blood vessels in other parts of the body, such as the heart, and they highlight that further medical investigation and treatment may be required.”
To book an eye examination and optomap call 817.416.0333 or schedule an appointment online.
For more details on American Heart Month 2013 and further information about heart disease visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
* Source: www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/ (online, 2013)
A team of scientists from the University of Southern California published a study in the Journal of Neurology August 30 indicating they could use a patient’s eye movement patterns to detect Parkinson’s Disease with 89.6% accuracy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Fetal Alcohol Spectrom Disorder with 77.3% accuracy.
This is great news in that, with a simple, inexpensive test, patients can be screened quickly and accurately for these debilitating disorders. We continue to see that the eye is a portal to ones health leading to the diagnosis of other conditions.
Total Eye Care and Optos partner in using scanning laser technology for children’s back to school eye exams.
COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – August 1, 2010 – In conjunction with Back to School time, Dr. Richard Driscoll and Dr. Alycia Green, eye doctors at Total Eye Care in Keller and Colleyville, are working with Optos to launch a program aimed at educating parents about the importance of regular eye examinations for children. It is estimated that 80 percent of what children learn during their first 12 years is related to sight, yet unfortunately 86 percent of children in the U.S. start school without first having a comprehensive eye exam. Read more…..
As parents we often think that our son or daughter has good vision and therefore does not need an eye exam. Common misperceptions of why eye exams in children are not important include, my son doesn’t complain of blurry vision, my child’s grades are good, or the parents have good vision therefore the kids probably do too.
School screening don’t qualify as an eye exam. While an essential part of protecting the visual and physical health of our children, school screenings were never intended to replace a professional eye exam. School screenings prevent children from “falling between the cracks” and are best used to supplement regular eye care. Read more about safeguarding our children’s vision.
Here is a video where a retinal melanoma was initially diagnosed using the optomap® Retinal Exam. The optomap® is a new generation of scanning laser ophthalmoscope that takes a series of 16 photos in 1/4 of a second and puts them together making a panoramic view of the back of a patient’s eye. The optomap® allows us to view over 80% of the back of the eye without dilating the pupils. The optomap® was also recently featured on the TV Show The Doctors.
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Is it too early to think about what we need to do to get our kids ready for school? One of the most important “school supplies” is your child’s annual eye exam. Over 80% of what a child learns is through their eyes, therefore it is important for our kids to see their very best.
Kids often don’t complain when they don’t see well and we can not rely on them to tell us when their vision is blurry. Blurry vision rarely happens quickly, it happens slowly over time and children and adults alike don’t realize what they have lost because it happens so slowly. On the Total Eye Care website we have more information on the components of a complete eye exam, school screenings and more information on children and vision. So carve out some time this busy summer and enhance your child’s learning with an eye exam.
I came across this video from the American Optometric Association about the importance of yearly eye exams. We also filmed our own video about the importance of yearly eye exams at the new Colleyville office . With back to school eye exams being an important part summer it is important for us to safeguard our children’s vision.
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