In recent years, a variety of health issues have gained a significant amount of attention. Conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity are just a few of the many health problems that are contributing to the very grim prediction that “The current generation of American children may be the first not to live as long as their parents,” according to an article in the Georgia Health News.
The good news is that most of the health issues plaguing our nation are actually preventable or can be effectively managed when detected in their earliest stages. That’s why preventive health care is important now more than ever. The World Research Foundation notes that preventive health care offers a variety of benefits ranging from avoiding the need to deal with painful symptoms to simply having more energy, as well as maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Preventive health care not only includes annual physical exams, but annual eye exams, as well. Many cases of vision loss could be prevented and treated if the issue were detected early on. Additionally, many systemic diseases can be spotted through a retinal exam long before other symptoms present themselves – a fact that many of …
The retina is a sensory membrane that lines the eye and controls how we see our surroundings. A deeper look into this part of the eye can help doctors detect and discover certain health issues.
A good example is the story of Cheree Burnette. Ms. Burnette was experiencing blurred vision and she knew an eye exam could help determine the problem. She told KPLCTV Channel 7 “…I had a problem that caused me to have distorted vision and came in pretty quickly after that and they were able to tell me exactly what I had.”
Ms. Burnette’s optometrist, Dr. Robert Janot, performed a retinal exam using the Daytona ultra-widefield retinal imaging device, which identified Ms. Burnette’s condition as a retinal vein occlusion, or a blocked vein in her eye. The image also helped reveal another problem, which could have been the initial cause of the retinal vein occlusion.
“I had undiagnosed pre-hypertension, which we believe was the cause,” she told KPLCTV Channel 7.
Dr. Janot shared that he performs the optomap exam on all patients to check their eye health and see issues that might be occurring beyond the surface. An optomap image provides a panoramic view of the retina, …