Most people don't think a regular eye exam could save their life. But the truth is that in many cases, a comprehensive eye test can detect much more than eye disease.
That's one reason that we at Holdfastbay Optometry in Glenelg recommend annual eye tests to all of our patients, even in the absence of visual changes or symptoms. Read on to find out how a routine trip to the optometrist helped preserve Katie Dunn's vision and life!
How an Eye Test Saved Katie's Life
Katie Dunn, a 30-year old beautician, visited her local optometrist for a routine eye test. During the test, the optometrist noticed certain abnormalities in the back of her eye. Based on these findings, he recommended that she go for an MRI scan.
The MRI results displayed a large tumour that had been growing in her brain and pressing on her optic nerve. After two surgeries to remove the tumour and radiotherapy treatments, Katie is grateful to be doing well!
Katie's doctors and surgeons explained that, had the tumour gone undetected, she could have lost her vision completely and suffered other potentially life-changing health problems.
How Eye Tests Can Detect Other Health Problems
During a comprehensive eye test, your optometrist may use special dilating drops to widen your pupils, allowing for a better look at the back of your eyes. This can help detect a wide range of problems, including brain [tumors]. [Tumors] located in the brain can often cause changes in the blood vessels of the eyes, and these changes can be detected during a dilated eye test.
Regular eye tests can also help detect other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and, more rarely, certain types of cancer. Early detection of these conditions can lead to prompt treatment and better outcomes.
Eye Tests and Other Eye Care Services in Glenelg
If it's been more than a year since your last visit to the optometrist, we urge you to call Holdfastbay Optometry to schedule your routine appointment.
Regular eye tests are a crucial part of keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining overall health, so don't delay. Call Holdfastbay Optometry in Glenelg today!