This is the year insurance is changing and most everyone is becoming more health conscious. Some warning signs shouldn't be ignored. As a doctor, I've seen the benefits of medical procedures and drugs; when used appropriately. Here are the five tests/exams I recommend having on a regular basis:
1. High blood pressure screening –
2. Colorectal cancer screening
3. Skin cancer screening
4. Lipid disorder screening
5. Comprehensive eye exam
Most of these tests received an "A" grade from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF); a panel of 16 MD and PhD experts who look at the research data and make recommendation on the usefulness of screenings, counseling services, and preventative medications.
Each of these measures could detect serious/deadly findings without you having any symptoms. Since my work mainly revolves in and around the eye, I will focus on the importance of annual eye exams. Two of the most common eye diseases (except general vision problems like near- or farsightedness) that occur as we age are age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and glaucoma. While our office checks both of these things, don't worry, we don't have that crazy puff of air to check for glaucoma.
The other major systemic disorders found on an annual eye exam: diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, headaches, vertigo, sarcoidosis, herpes, and the list goes on. I can't explain how important it is to have your eyes checked once a year. The best I can do it educate and preserve what you have and I'm happy to do so.
Call for your annual eye exam today. We can't wait to see you!