BALTIMORE, MD, March 21, 2019 – Blindness ranks as one of the top fears of aging Americans, along with stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease. And an eye exam can detect your risk for ALL of these conditions.
In the new Versant Health white paper, The medical advantage of an annual eye exam, they outline why a routine eye exam is about far more than glasses. Research shows that a regular eye exam can identify signs of chronic disease long before any other health professional has noted the condition.
“The secret lies in the exam itself,” explains Mark Ruchman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Versant Health and author of the white paper. “When an eye doctor performs an exam, they not only test visual acuity, eye movement, and side vision, but they also check eye pressure, the topography of the eye, and your retina and optic nerve. This allows them to see characteristic changes of damage to the retinal blood vessels that reflect system-wide abnormalities affecting the brain, heart, and more.”
Versant Health knows that, while the idea of losing your vision is terrifying, so too are conditions such are Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. But they also know that the research is clear: Routine vision exams equal better health outcomes. And with better health comes greater savings on medical costs.
You can download the medical advantage of an annual eye exam white paper from the Versant Health website.