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What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health?

Eyes show much more than a glimpse of your soul! They also give your eye doctor a view of your general health. Even if you have 20/20 vision, plenty of other body conditions can be revealed by an eye exam. That’s why it’s important to book a visit to an eye doctor near me – even if you aren’t having any trouble seeing.

What health conditions can your eye doctor see?

Beyond evaluating your visual acuity and inspecting for any signs of ocular disease, our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor spends part of every eye exam searching for signs of a general health problem. The following diseases can cause symptoms that can be detected in your eyes:

  • Diabetes – When blood sugars are elevated for prolonged periods, it can affect the tiny blood vessels in your retina, leading to leakage. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy, and it can cause vision loss.
  • High Cholesterol – This dangerous health condition puts you at a higher risk for heart disease and heart attacks because fat deposits narrow your arteries. They can also form a ring around the edge of your cornea. If your eye doctor spots this ring of fat deposits in your eye, it can indicate that you have high cholesterol.
  • Arthritis – Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can lead to swelling in your iris. Your eye may be painful, highly sensitive to light and red. If this form of arthritis progresses, it can spread and become debilitating.
  • Liver damage – Yellow eyes and/or skin can highlight the presence of jaundice. This condition happens when the liver manufactures too much bilirubin, in response to damage or swelling caused by autoimmune disorders, viruses, genetic diseases, or alcoholism.
  • Sickle cell disease – When a person has sickle cell disease, the blood cells are sickle shaped, leading to anemia, extreme fatigue and pain. The blood vessels in the eyes are also typically affected, and people experience eye pain, loss of peripheral vision, redness, jaundice, blurred vision and floaters. If the retinal blood vessels get blocked, a hemorrhage of the retina or vitreous gel may occur.
  • Heart disease – Just like heart disease affects blood vessels in other organs of your body, it can change the blood vessels in the retina – causing narrowing or swelling. If your eye doctor discovers minor signs during an eye exam, it can indicate you’re at risk of developing heart disease. This information serves as an essential warning – because it enables you to make diet and lifestyle changes to decrease your risks.
  • Myasthenia gravis – This autoimmune disorder often expresses itself first by causing drooping eyelids. Over time, the condition attacks and weakens body muscles.
  • Brain and nerve disorders – It’s normal to have eye twitches when you’re tired or stressed, or even if you have some eye irritation. However, this symptom could also indicate a brain or nerve condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or Bell’s palsy.

Eye exams protect your body too

We care about your overall health and well-being and use top-tier technologies to perform comprehensive, dilated eye exams at Yesnick Vision Center. Let our Las Vegas, Nevada, eye doctor near me take a look at what’s happening in your eyes and your body!

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth.

 

As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open their doors for routine care. But this time around they will implement strict social distancing guidelines and take unprecedented precautions to limit the spread of infection.

Some of the Changes You Should Expect to See

 

1) Signage throughout the office spelling out new steps and protocols to ensure maximum safety for staff and patients alike.

 

2) Social distancing will be the new norm. Packed waiting rooms will be a thing of the past. Instead, clinics will be spacing out seating to reduce capacity and scheduling in longer intervals to minimize patient interactions. Some clinics may ask patients to wait in their cars until they receive a text message from the office stating that they can come in.

 

3) Certain practices will require appointments for individuals to see and try on the array of frames and sunglasses at the dispensary. Bookings will be in 15-20 minute increments, accessed by one individual at a time.

 

4) Methods will be introduced to decrease the number of surfaces a patient touches. This will include leaving the clinic’s front door open (or replacing it with a motion-activated door), facilitating cashless payments, and encouraging patients to fill out registration forms online.

 

5) Patients who aren’t feeling well or who have been in contact with someone who is ill will be asked to reschedule their appointment two to three weeks in the future.

 

6) Measuring one’s temperature at the entrance will become commonplace — this goes for both staff and patients. Though not the most reliable screening tool, as those who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus, it will identify some people who aren’t well. Anyone registering 100.4° or above will be sent home.

 

7) There will be more time between appointments, to allow the staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect before and after each patient’s visit.

 

8) Many eye practitioners will be wearing safety goggles and face masks, particularly during any up-close contact with the patient. Patients may also be asked to wear masks.

 

9) Individuals with suspected ocular infections will be put in a special containment area.

 

10) Practices will frequently wipe down any patient area, including chairs, counters and doorknobs. Every exam room will be completely disinfected between appointments. In the dispensary, frames will be promptly disinfected after patients touch them.

11) Patients will be requested to wash or disinfect their hands upon entering the office and when entering different rooms. Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas has strict hygiene and sterilization protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

If you’re dealing with a vision or eye health issue and need to visit Yesnick Vision Center, or if you would like some more information on how we have adapted our practice due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate in contacting us. We’ll be happy to assist you however we can.

Yesnick Vision Center serves patients from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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