Eye exams test more than just vision

When Gail Acosta began seeing flashes of light out of the corner of her eyes, she thought it signified a neurological condition. It wasn’t until after a friend suggested she get an eye exam that she learned she had retinal ischemia, a condition in which there’s a lack of blood supply to the retina.

The retina — a thin layer of tissue in the inner surface of the eye — receives and converts light into neural signals, and sends these signals on to the brain for visual recognition, according to Healthline.

Dr. Ryan Tarantola, of the Retina Specialty Institute in Pensacola, said “ischemia” is a broad term for lack of blood flow — retinal ischemia is an interruption of, or damage to, the retina’s blood supply.

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