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Vision Trouble: The Link Between Eye Health & Overall Wellness

Posted on May 2nd, 2019
FYidoctors Blog | Vision Trouble: The Link Between Eye Health and Overall Wellness

Our vision wellness is connected to our body’s overall wellness, even if we don’t necessarily realize it. This Vision Health Month, we are making eyecare a priority to showcase the many important links between your eyes and your general health. Caring for your eyes can have a significant impact on your vision’s longevity.

Continue reading to learn how visiting the optometrist regularly can reveal important and, in some cases, significant wellness problems before you notice other signs.


General health

Although you may not be aware, your eyes can offer early indicators of many serious health problems. Vision trouble and the appearance of your eyes can warn optometrists of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, high blood pressure and aneurysms. Make sure to visit your optometrist for regular checkups to ensure good vision and general health.



Eye exams can not only reveal viral, fungal and bacterial eye infections, but also infections affecting your entire body — before you notice other symptoms. Indicators of conditions including hepatitis and herpes can all be revealed in a regular optometry checkup.


Autoimmune Diseases

There are hundreds of health conditions that can impact your immune system and cause autoimmune disease. If you have an autoimmune eye condition or disease, you may experience discomfort in your eyes due to blocked blood vessels and inflammation. If you notice any new or uncomfortable symptoms in your vision, schedule an appointment with your optometrist.


Systemic Diseases

To a trained medical professional, an eye exam can reveal indicators of many systemic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Symptoms in the eyes can be the first indicators of these health problems. Getting regular exams can help you identify significant health concerns earlier, improving your treatment options and chance of recovery.


Benefits of Care

Care for your eyes can have positive overall health benefits. Pillars of optimal vision wellness include:

  • Consuming nutrients and vitamins for eye health like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E to help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Quitting smoking to prevent cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration.
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Overexposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Using safety eyewear if you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wearing safety glasses or protective goggles, donning eye protection when playing sports to prevent eye injury and adhering to any safety guidelines.
  • Looking away from digital screens often to prevent straining your eyes. Symptoms of eyestrain include blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches, and neck, back and shoulder pain.


Whether you have perfect vision or have a long family history of vision problems, it’s important to get regular checkups from a knowledgeable optometrist. FYidoctors offers a unique approach to eye care that focuses on the patient experience. Visit us on the web to find out more about FYidoctors.