As therapeutic optometrists, Today's Vision doctors undergo eight years of higher education to earn their Doctor of Optometry degrees and are licensed by the Texas Optometry Board. Optometrists work with other health professionals in diagnosing diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, high blood pressure and a host of systemic diseases. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can observe and evaluate the health and condition of the blood vessels in your retina, which are a good predictor of the health of blood vessels throughout your body. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia all are visible by changes in the appearance of the retinal blood supply and blood vessels.
Vision screenings at school and at a primary care physicians office are no substitution for an eye exam. Vision screenings can detect serious (and usually obvious) vision problems. However, they fail to detect underlying focusing issues, amblyopia, eye diseases and other visual impairments that can affect the patient’s ability to see clearly.