Interesting Questions About Your Eyes!

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Episode 1

Hello everyone. We are introducing a new segment in our blog called Glimpse Answers. This is where we take questions people are most interested in and try to answer them! Without further adieu, let’s get rolling 🙂 

Can an eye exam detect a brain tumor?

Yes. Eye doctors can definitely detect tumors in our eyes. In some cases, the optic nerve (think of this as a router to the brain) of the eye can have a tumor affecting it. This can lead to complications with the brain which leads to symptoms such as “ghosting”, doubling of vision, or even loss of vision. Get your routine checkup today!

Can an eye exam detect diabetes?

YES. An eye exam is amazing in being to track bleeding and damages caused by diabetes. With retinal photography, capturing changes is easier than ever. Diabetes can sometimes be detected by an optometrist or ophthalmologist BEFORE your primary care doctor. This is because eye doctors can more readily view the inside of your eyes which is a great indicator of what is happening to your body.

Can an eye doctor tell if you’ve had a past eye infection during an eye exam?

Yes and no. This is tricky because depending on the severity of the infection, you might or might not see signs. The eye has AMAZING healing properties, however severe infections can lead to scars. Make sure you mention what you know about your eye health history to the doctor. Your optometrist/ophthalmologist will let you know if there are any lasting damages to your eyes.

Do you need an eye exam or procedure if you’re not sure if your cataracts are ready to be removed?

Yes! An eye exam is always necessary to make sure the eye health is stable. If you know you have cataracts, it is even more important to keep up to date with the eye doctor. Cataracts can decrease your quality of life and prevent you from seeing your best. Sometimes, cataract surgery is not necessary and wearing an updated prescription is sufficient in your daily life. Get checked today!

Cost of eye exam for new eyeglasses?

This question can have a VARIETY of answers depending on insurance, out of pocket, etc. The best way to answer this (and I know it’s not a direct answer) is to know that your eyes are valuable and doesn’t have a price. Follow your doctor’s recommendation on style/coatings of the lenses. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. If price is a factor, talk to your local eye doctor and see if they can give any assistance!

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Please feel free to message us if you have any questions 🙂

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