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Article / Why Care About Vision Care?

Why Care About Vision Care?.

Did you know that some health conditions can be discovered in a routine eye exam?

High blood pressure can damage the tiny, delicate blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes, causing damage to your retina, leading to blurred vision or vision loss.

Diabetes affects the capillaries in your retina, which may cause diabetic retinopathy — the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Early treatment can reduce the risk dramatically.

High cholesterol can cause the cornea of the eye to have a yellowish tint. Plaques in the blood vessels can also indicate high cholesterol. Both symptoms can be easily discovered in a routine eye exam.

Rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases can present themselves as “dry eye” or “bulging eye,” as well as inflammation of the irises.

Certain types of cancer can cause symptoms such as vision changes or retinal bleeding, which can be detected during an eye exam. 

No matter your age, comprehensive eye exams are beneficial because they evaluate more than just your vision and eye health. Routine exams can also help with early detection of eye conditions and diseases that are better treated if caught early.

Contact your VSP vision care provider or call the St. Louis Carpenters Vision Center at 314.955.2182 to schedule a vision appointment today to have your eye health checked today.

Need a VSP provider? You can find one on or by calling Carpenters' Member Services at 877.232.3863, option 1.