Eye examinations are not just for your vision, but your overall health. This young patient came for a routine eye examination recently complaining that his left eye was droopy or 'lazy'. The results of an ice test, conducted by Dr. Maharaj show a dramatic change in the 'droop' of the left eye after as seen in the picture above. As a result of the findings, Dr. Maharaj confirmed this patient was suffering from Ocular Myasthenia Gravis which can turn into a broader form more than 50% of the time. The general form of Myasthenia Gravis can affect breathing, heart rhythm and in some cases become fatal. Fortunately with the help of Dr. Maharaj and his family physician, he can now receive proper treatment and live a long and healthy life.
Too often we underestimate what story our body is telling us through our own eyes. The purpose of sharing these interesting cases is to educate and make sure more people understand the importance of a comprehensive eye examination by your doctor of optometry.
A comprehensive eye examination should consist of a thorough evaluation of the visual system which includes how well you can see at various distances, how co-ordinated and balanced your eyes and their respective muscles are, your potential visual correction, eye pressure, a proper microscopic evaluation of the front and back of the eye (diagnostic imaging is an accurate method of evaluating the retina as well as documenting fine details) as well as a review of your general health systems and medication that relate to your ocular health. A final review of what is being prescribed (whether it be prescription eye medicine, glasses, contact lenses) and whether any follow up or collaborative care with other health practitioners (your family doctor, eye surgeon, etc.) will conclude your examination.
Remember that early identification of disease processes means early treatment which is the best way to keep your eyes and body healthy for years to come.