Just because you have 20/20 vision doesn’t mean you should skip a visit to the eye doctor. “Checking your eyes annually is not just about your vision; it’s about your overall health,” says Marc Weinstein, optometrist and co-founder of 39DollarGlasses.com. As cheesy as it sounds, eyes are not only your windows to the world, but eyes are the windows into your body. So make sure to check in with your optometrist once a year. Here’s why:
Doctors can detect early signs of serious diseases in the back of the eye.
Evidence of high blood pressure and diabetes can both show up when eyes are dilated, way before you start to have significant symptoms, says Weinstein. And because the back of the eye is the optic nerve, which is an extension of the neurological system, some neurological diseases (like optic neuritis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and even aneurysms) can show up, too.