New Years Resolution - Comprehensive Eye Exam

Keep your New Years Resolution of a healthier you with a comprehensive eye exam at Artisan Optics Boise Idaho

It's that time of the year again. A time when many of us reflect upon last year, and make New Year's resolutions for the upcoming year. Often times New Year's resolutions revolve around making changes that will lead to a happier, healthier upcoming year. One easy resolution for a healthier you, have a comprehensive, eye exam with one of our eye doctors.

Get a complete health check of your eyes with a comprehensive eye exam at Artisan Optics Boise Idaho

You may be thinking “Why an eye exam? I don't need glasses.” Unfortunately, this is a common misperception. In addition to eye-related conditions, eye doctors can detect systemic health issues during a comprehensive eye exam. Many times these systemic health conditions are identified before you experience any symptoms. This is an important point, not to be overlooked. As with most health conditions, treatment results improve with the early diagnosis and early implementation of a treatment plan. The first step to early diagnosis is a dilated comprehensive eye exam.


During a comprehensive eye exam, it is important to have your eyes dilated. This is true for both adults and children. This is the only way for the eye doctor to have a full view of the inside of your eye. Some eye doctors offer photographs of the inside of the eye rather than dilating the eye. However, these photographs provide a reduced view (often distorted) rather than a full view of the inside of the eye. It is important to remember that pathology (disease and other eye conditions) can happen anywhere in the eye, which is why a full view examination is so important. Dilation will make your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours after your eye exam. A minor inconvenience when you consider the benefits to protecting your vision and overall health.


Here are just a few health conditions that may be detected during a comprehensive eye exam:

  1. Autoimmune Disorders: Inflammation may be a sign of Lupus or other autoimmune disorders. Approximately 20% of the US population, one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases. An estimated 75% of those affected are women.

  2. Cancer: Cancers, including brain tumors, breast cancer and lung cancer can spread to the eye. Ocular melanoma can develop in the cells that make pigmentation in the eye. Certain types of bleeding in the retina can be an indicator of leukemia. Basal cell carcinomas can appear on the eyelid and spread to the brain through the eye.

  3. Diabetes: Diabetes affects the small capillaries in the retina of the eyes. One of the first indications of Type 2 Diabetes may be bleeding in the retina, which is a symptom of diabetic retinopathy. Currently 27.8% of people (adults and children) with diabetes are undiagnosed. (see our blog on diabetes).

  4. Heart Disease: Multiple large-scale studies have found links between heart disease and the narrowing of the small blood vessels in the retina.

  5. High Cholesterol: High cholesterol can cause the cornea to have a yellowish appearance, or a yellow ring around it. Plaques can also be visible in the blood vessels of the retina, which can indicate elevated cholesterol levels.

  6. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Narrowing of the arteries in the eye, or blood vessels appearing to have bends, kink or tears are all indicators of high blood pressure.

  7. Optic Neuritis (Inflammation of the Optic Nerve): Optic neuritis can be an indicator of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). 75% of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) exhibit optic neuritis. Optic neuritis is the first symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 25% of all cases.

  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Approximately 25% of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience eye issues. Dry eye is the most common condition among RA patients. Another is uveitis, which is the painful inflammation of the uvea.

  9. Thyroid Disease: Symptoms of thyroid disease include swollen tissue around the eye, watery eyes, light sensitivity (photophobia), redness, and eyelid retraction.

  10. Tumors: Brain tumors can be detected based on changes in a patient's field of vision. A droopy eyelid or irregularly shaped pupil can indicate a possible neck tumor or aneurysm.


The eye doctors at Artisan Optics provide dilated, comprehensive eye examinations for both children and adults. During a dilated, comprehensive eye examination the health of your eyes, visual system performance, and visual acuity will be evaluated. Our eye doctors are happy to answer any questions you may have, discuss the findings of the examination, and provide treatment options.


What are you waiting for? A dilated comprehensive eye exam is an easy first step to taking better care of yourself. You are also at a higher risk for vision problems, and should be under the regular care of an eye doctor, if you take certain prescription medications or have a personal or family history of:


Establishing care with one of the eye doctors at Artisan Optics means that you will have an eye doctor who is familiar with your personal and family medical history; has baseline test results that can be used to monitor changes at each annual eye exam; and serves as an integral member of your healthcare team, communicating eye health and vision status with your primary care physician or specialist.


The eye doctors at Artisan Optics look forward to providing an exceptional level of vision care for you and your family. Please give our office a call 208.377.8899 or schedule online at See you soon!

Manage your whole family's eye health at Artisan Optics Boise Idaho

Posted by Artisan Optics at 1/12/2017 3:37:00 PM
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