Eye exams are important for patients with other systemic diseases (diseases that affect the overall body). Eye exams can help detect and monitor various eye-related complications that may arise due to these diseases. The health problems include diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, and taking certain medications like hydroxychloroquine or chemotherapy. Jahnle Eye Associates has five doctors at our offices in Havertown and Media, PA who specialize in monitoring for signs of these systemic diseases in the eyes. Here are several reasons why eye exams are crucial for patients with systemic diseases:
- Early Detection of Eye Conditions: Systemic diseases can have direct or indirect effects on the eyes, leading to eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Regular eye exams can detect these conditions in their early stages, allowing for prompt treatment and management.
- Monitoring Disease Progression: Some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, can affect the blood vessels in the eyes. Regular eye exams, including dilated eye examinations, can monitor changes in the retina and blood vessels, providing valuable information about the progression of the underlying disease and the effectiveness of treatment.
- Managing Medications and Treatment: Many systemic diseases require medications that can have ocular side effects. Eye exams help identify any adverse effects of these medications on the eyes, allowing for appropriate adjustments to the treatment plan. For example, medication used for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can have toxicity to the retina.
- Detecting Systemic Disease Manifestations: The eyes are interconnected with various systems of the body, and changes in the eyes can sometimes indicate underlying systemic health issues. Eye exams can provide insights into a patient’s overall health status, allowing healthcare providers to collaborate with other specialists and provide comprehensive care. Some systemic diseases can manifest with ocular symptoms. Eye exams can help identify these manifestations, which may aid in the diagnosis and management of the underlying systemic condition.
- Prevention and Education: Eye exams offer an opportunity for healthcare providers to educate patients about eye health, lifestyle modifications, and preventive measures. Patients with systemic diseases can learn about the importance of managing their underlying condition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and taking steps to protect their eyes.
In summary, eye exams are crucial for patients with systemic diseases because they help detect, monitor, and manage eye-related complications, facilitate early intervention, and provide valuable information about overall health status. Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining good eye health and preventing vision loss in patients with systemic diseases.
Jahnle Eye Associates has two locations in Delaware County, PA: Havertown and Media. To schedule an appointment, give our office a call at 610-446-2260 or “Request an Appointment”.