Did you know osteopaths are interested in eyes too? I came across this great infographic and thought I’d share it. It was created to celebrate World Sight Day in 2011. The next World Sight Day is set for 11 October 2012.
Your optometrist should examine your eyes every two years in order to check your vision and do a special health screening of your eyes. This is not only to look for problems with the eye itself, but also to screen more generally for conditions that can affect the eye. Eye health (and in some cases vision) can be affected by a lot of health conditions – and those trained to look into people’s eyes can sometimes see evidence of conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Osteopaths will always observe your eyes and eyelids for any obvious deviations from what is generally considered ‘normal’. A more formal screening the eyes is sometimes done during an osteopathic examination as well. Osteopaths may look at the back of the eyeball and test the nerves affecting the eyes (cranial nerves). This examination is looking at the functions of the small muscles that move the eyeball, the muscles that operate the eyelids, and the nerves that control some of the finer automatic functions of the eye such as the control of the dilation of the pupil in respose to light. This kind of examination is looking for changes that could possibly indicate the presence of conditions that might require referral to your doctor.
It goes without saying that nutrition can affect both general and eye health. EyeHealthWeb has a handy chart of nutriets that are involved in eye health. Please note that this does not suggest nor condone the taking of supplements of those nutrients in an attempt to improve eye health. A varied and fresh diet which includes these nutrients would be a sounder approach to not only improving eye health, but improving health and well being overall.
Enjoy the infographic!
Infographic by Ultralase