Eye and General Health



Eye conditions can tell you a lot about your general health. Changes in your vision may be indicative of a larger condition and pre-existing conditions may develop further due to eye strain. Fortunately, ophthalmologist Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH, at Eyecare MPLS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, can diagnose and address the cause of your eye pain. For relief from migraines, diabetic eye disease, and other sight difficulties, call the office or book an appointment online today.


Eye Strain and Migraines

Most commonly associated with headaches and the onset of migraines is eye strain. Eye strain can cause you to develop pain in both the eyes and head, normally leading to a headache. If the symptoms worsen, you may experience an Ocular migraine. Ocular migraines, when left undiagnosed or untreated, sometimes cause vision loss in one eye. An eye exam may help you maintain eye health, avoid vision issues, and get early diagnosis of emerging eye problems. If you're experiencing frequent migraines, Dr. Hennen can work with you to reduce strain on the eyes and improve general eye health.


Brain Tumors and Eye Health

If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, you may experience changes to your vision. The following problems may be a side effect of your brain tumor or the treatment you're receiving.

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Restricted field of view
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes

Symptoms vary based on the position of the tumor, pressure placed on the optic nerve, and the effect of the treatment. To address and manage your symptoms, Dr. Hennen can check your visual acuity, eye teaming, focusing, and pupil response to light. As an experienced board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Hennen will work with you to check the health of your eyes and provide the resources needed to carry on with your daily activities.


Multiple Sclerosis and Your Eyes

A vision problem is often one of the first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. A common visual symptom you may experience is optic neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve that usually occurs in one eye. Optic Neuritis may cause aching pain with eye movement, blurred vision, dim vision, or loss of color.

When managing your MS, your eyes may become inflamed or damaged. You may experience vision loss, double vision, uncontrolled eye movements, or pain in eye movements. If you experience any of these symptoms, arrange a comprehensive eye exam at Eyecare MPLS as soon as possible. 


Diabetic Eye Disease and Care

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes. These conditions may include the following.

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular edema
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Diabetes can cause damage to your eyes over time that can lead to poor vision and pain in eye movements. Managing your diabetes can look different for everyone, but during a diabetic eye exam at Eyecare MPLS, Dr. Hennen checks for abnormal blood vessels, bleeding, scar tissue, swelling, and other changes in your retina and other parts of your eye. 


Hypertension and Vision

When managing hypertension, or high blood pressure, your sight may also be affected. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, affecting your eyesight and even leading to eye disease. This damage may sometimes take the form of hypertensive retinopathy. The best way to treat and prevent eye damage is to keep your blood pressure under control. It is recommended to maintain your optimal weight, stick with a diet recommended by your physician, exercise regularly, and take your high blood pressure medications as prescribed. In addition, seeing a skilled ophthalmologist like Dr. Hennen at Eyecare MPLS can help manage your eye symptoms.


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Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH
3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Suite 205

Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 612-470-9871
Fax: 612-470-9881
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