6 Health Conditions Park Ophthalmology Eye Exams May Discover

Many Triangle residents postpone their annual eye exam because they haven’t noticed vision changes. However, an appointment with local Ophthalmologist Beth R. Friedland MD can reveal much more when examining eyes; even the simple things, like new contacts or eyeglasses. Ophthalmologists, like Dr. Friedland, are often the first medical professionals to see evidence of several serious health conditions. When patients make the time for an appointment, Park Ophthalmology will make that exam well worth it.

Doctor Friedland can note an array of information including six health conditions that can be discovered early during a comprehensive eye examination:

  • Autoimmune diseases: As Dr. Friedland examines the eyes, she looks for any signs of infection, and the presence of white blood cells. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis may be spotted during an eye exam.
  • Thyroid disease: The thyroid gland, shaped like a butterfly and positioned at the front of the neck, regulates blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and food conversion to energy. Thyroid disease can reveal itself in puffy or protruding eyeballs.
  • Stroke: Several eye problems can indicate stroke. These include eye pain, blurry vision, headaches, vision loss or drooping eyelids. Dr. Friedland will examine the patient’s eye pressures, and look for bleeding in the retina or evidence of optic nerve swelling.
  • High blood pressure: The eye’s retina is rich with blood vessels and it can exhibit changes when a patient has high blood pressure. An eye exam provides an important way for the doctor to directly see the vessels and whether there are kinks, bends or tears that may indicate hypertension.
  • Diabetes: Loss of vision can be an early sign of diabetes. During the exam, the doctor will examine the retina for changes in the small blood vessels, bleeding or leakage of fluid, all possible indicators of diabetes.
  • Cancer: Two kinds of skin cancer may be detected during an eye exam: melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Melanoma affects the cells that make color pigmentation in the eye. It is the most aggressive and fatal form of skin cancer and requires prompt treatment. Basal cell carcinoma may affect the eyelid and, if untreated, can spread to the brain via the eye.

We have two offices, Raleigh and Durham, so please do not put off an annual eye exam with Park Ophthalmology. Our friendly staff will be happy to schedule an appointment. Having peace of mind and healthy eyes makes it a win-win for every patient!


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article about the importance of eye exams is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology RTP

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com.

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