What is a systemic disease?
A systemic disease is a medical condition that negatively impacts specific organs and tissues or the body as a whole. There are numerous types of systemic diseases and many of them affect the eyes. In fact, most systemic diseases can be detected during a routine eye exam. The cause of systemic diseases varies greatly, but in some cases, they are brought on by taking high-risk medications, like hydroxychloroquine and Sabril®. Some of the most common systemic diseases that hinder the eyes include diabetes, hypertension, Graves' diseases, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer of the eye. Undergoing routine eye exams are essential in not only monitoring your ocular health but overall well-being. To set up an appointment, contact Ticho Eye Associates. We boast locations in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN.
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how the eyes help diagnose systemic diseases
Why do the eyes play such an important role in identifying systemic diseases? The tissues that make up the eyes are more susceptible to diseases than other soft tissues of the body. This makes them a good indicator of how the different body systems are doing. Think of the eyes as a gauge. They usually present the first signs of systemic diseases. This is why keeping up with annual eye exams are so important as they can help identify numerous health conditions.
Meet with an eye care specialist
Reach out to any of our locations in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN to book an appointment. Our skilled team of ophthalmologists at Ticho Eye Associates is here to serve you with outstanding eye care. Taking charge of your eye health is crucial and can help detect early signs of systemic diseases.