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Posted on 05-12-2017

The Importance of a Regular Eye Exam in Chapel Hill

A thorough eye exam in Chapel Hill isn't just picking out letters on an eye chart. At Chapel Hill Ophthalmology, that's just the beginning. Finding your correct vision prescription is an important part of the exam, but looking at the health of your eye is just as important. Our eye doctor in Chapel Hill will use a series of tools to look inside your eye for early signs of a number of eye diseases, some of which will never show symptoms until damage has been done to your eyesight.

ophthalmologist performing regular eye exam

Chapel Hill Ophthalmologist Talks Eye Disease

Once our Chapel Hill eye doctor finds your vision prescription, he'll perform a number of tests to see inside your eye. These tests are designed to look for the earliest signs of eye disease. Because early diagnosis is the key to treating many of these diseases, it's important that you have your eyes examined regularly in our office. Some of the conditions your Chapel Hill Ophthalmologist will be looking for are: 

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Each one of these diseases will start to develop before they show any symptoms, so a thorough exam is the only way to tell they're developing in your eyes. Early treatment can almost always stop the progression of these diseases, preventing further damage to your eyesight.

Other Surprising Eye Exam Findings

There are many blood vessels close to the surface inside your eye, making it possible for our ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill to find signs pointing to problems with your general health. While our doctor can't diagnose other health problems, he can find signs that you should see your general practitioner or a specialist. Your eyes can give hints of problems with diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, cancer and many other health concerns. As with eye disease, early diagnosis is key with many general health problems.

If you haven't had an eye exam in at least a year, it's time. Call our office to make an appointment today.

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