Weston, FL – Dr. Marc Bosem, a Ft. Lauderdale Ophthalmologist, is keeping up on the latest trends in the field as more and more eye care specialists are utilizing the standard eye exam for much more than eye health. New practices and technology in routine eye exams can provide a more comprehensive way of detecting and diagnosing problems not only in the eye, but in other parts of the body as well. Due to the eye’s unique quality of being transparent, ophthalmologists have an opportunity to see inside the body without any invasive procedure—an opportunity Dr. Bosem seeks to embrace.
A careful examination of the eye can provide information about the rest of the body’s health because all of its organs and systems are interconnected. Dr. Bosem believes there is an opportunity for early detection not only during routine eye exams but also during consultations for LASIK and other eye procedures. If an ophthalmologist detects clots in the blood vessels of the retina, these clots can be early signals of stroke risk. Similarly, if the blood vessel walls appear thickened and the vessels themselves narrowed, these symptoms could suggest high blood pressure. Researchers are currently conducting studies examining eye irregularities such as dark spots on the back of the eye (CHRPE) or congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium, and how these irregularities appear in conjunction with some types of colon cancer. A careful examination of the eye can also reveal symptoms indicative of high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and hyperthyroidism.
If patients receive regular eye exams, eye doctors have the potential to be the first to spot possible symptoms of irregularities, leading to earlier diagnosis and earlier treatment. Emily Chew, deputy director of the epidemiology division at the National Eye Institute, says, “Anybody with any visual changes…should be seeing someone right away.” Dr. Bosem agrees with this position and urges patients who experience any sudden impairment of vision or abnormality in the eye to seek immediate professional consultation. Dr. Bosem and the CORRECTVISION Laser Institute, his Ft. Lauderdale Ophthalmology practice, recommend that adults over 40 years old receive a baseline exam every two to four years, even if patients are experiencing no symptoms or risk factors. As patients become older, these visits should increase in frequency. He believes monitoring eye health is an important part in monitoring one’s overall health and making sure abnormalities both in the eye and the body as a whole are detected as soon as possible.
About Marc Emory Bosem, MD
Dr. Marc Bosem, a graduate of the University of Miami Medical School, is the medical director of the CORRECTVISION Laser Institute. Performing eye surgery since 1992, he is among the first in the U.S. to perform many of most advanced techniques in LASIK and LASEK/PRK. Dr. Bosem is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and certified as a LASIK surgeon from Moria and Bausch & Lomb. He is an active member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Miami Ophthalmologic Society, and The International Society of Refractive Surgery.
To contact the CORRECTVISION Laser Institute, visit their website at correctvision.com. The center’s Pembroke Pines office is located at Mercantile Bank Building, One SW 129th Ave, Ste 209, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 and can be reached at 954-501-0822. The center’s Weston office is located at Broward Health Weston, 2300 N Commerce Pkwy, Ste 201, Weston, FL 33326 and can be reached at 954-633-5488. The center’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/pages/CORRECTVISION-Laser-Institute/360910644820.