ODs save lives by detecting chronic diseases

by | Mar 6, 2014 | Featured, News

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 10.23.08 AMA new UnitedHealthCare study shows “significant correlation between an eye examination and the early detection and subsequent intervention of certain systemic diseases.”

The study evaluated how often eye care practitioners played a role in identifying eight different chronic conditions: 

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Graves Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

The results: more than 4,000 cases of chronic conditions were detected. The most common of which were multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. For more on how optometric physicians are detecting chronic conditions visit: http://www.aoa.org/news/eye-care-advances/how-ods-detect-chronic-conditions-and-save-lives.

To view UnitedHealthCare’s report, Impact of Eye Exams in Identifying Chronic Conditions, visit: http://www.uhc.com/live/uhc_com/Assets/Documents/EyeExams_ChronicConditions.pdf