Archive for June, 2011

Eye Exams Are Good For Your Health

Monday, June 20th, 2011

eye chart

Eye examinations are for more than eyeglasses and contact lenses.  The first signs of  health problems are often detected during routine eye examinations.   A 2008 study by Vision Service Plan (VSP) and Human Capitol Mangement Services (HCMS) looked at claims data on 90,000 VSP members.  The purpose of the study was to determine how often an eye examination was the first to detect early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

First Diagnosis By Eye Exam

  • Diabetes 20%
  • High Blood Pressure 30%
  • High Cholesterol 65%

Need an eye exam?  Schedule with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Does Shingles Increase Risk of MS?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

stromal keratitis

A recent study suggests having a shingles outbreak may increase the risk of developing MS in the following year.

Shingles is a blistering skin rash that can also have serious ocular effects.  It is caused by varicella-zoster virus which is the same virus that causes chicken pox.  In a recent  study in Journal of Infectious Disease , 315,550 adult participants with shingles and 946,650 healthy controls were followed for one year. Researchers found that the participants with shingles were nearly four times more likely to develop MS in the following year.  The research was conducted in Taiwan and hopefully will be repeated in other regions.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.