5 Diseases that can be detected in a visual examination

5 Diseases that can be detected in a visual examination

Many times we postpone the ophthalmological exam, but having an appointment with this health professional is important. Not only because it helps us detect and prevent eye diseases, but also to recognize general health diseases through our eyes.


1. Diabetes

The ophthalmologist can recognize during your eye exam what is known as diabetic retinopathy, by observing changes or damage to the blood vessels, which can lead to loss of vision.

2. A stroke

It could detect serious problems up to some regions of the brain, warning signs of a stroke, tumor or stroke.

3. Hypertension

High blood pressure can cause alterations in the blood vessels of the retina, we call this hypertensive retinopathy. It can be diagnosed by a thorough examination of the eye with the ophthalmoscope, an instrument used to obtain a direct view of the retina and blood vessels.

4. Sexually transmitted diseases

Many of the STDs can cause damage to vision, the specialist can detect some signs of these diseases, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, Herpes, among others, when they affect your eyes.

5. Cancer

Eye cancer is a disease that presents symptoms when it is very advanced, which is why a visit to the ophthalmologist is important, since with a proper examination, anomalies related to this disease could be diagnosed.

A comprehensive eye exam can help you gain important information about your eye health, your general health, and even save your life.

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