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How can Diabetes affect your vision?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 
   

JA7D4769e-sDiabetes.  We probably all have our own reaction to this disease and know at least something about its effects – it is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. But did you know that diabetes also can have devastating effects on your eyes and vision?  Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage in many parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, blood vessels and the small blood vessels in the eyes.  South Georgia Eye Partners encourages everyone to have annual eye exams, but for those patients with diabetes – these yearly exams can be critical in preventing vision loss.

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When the blood vessels in the eye’s retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) swell, leak or close off completely — or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina — it is called diabetic retinopathy.

People who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have diabetes or poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant, and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both. Also, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy. In fact, a new study confirms that diabetes is a top risk factor for vision loss among Hispanics.

Something to remember: diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes.

Did you know there is also a link between diabetes and cataracts? Permanent blurring of  vision due to cataracts can also result from changes to the lens due to excess blood sugar. Cataract surgery may be necessary to remove lenses that are clouded by the effects of diabetes and replace them with clear intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore clear vision. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of temporary blurred vision and prevent the permanent clouding of the lens that would require surgery to correct.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton and Madison, Florida, South Georgia Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  SGEP also performs more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.
Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology

South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton & Douglas – specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. SGEP also has an Optical Shop fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


Are You EyeSmart? Get an Eye Exam!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 
   

Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy.  When should you get an eye exam an what should it cover?  Read up on the basics.

When should you have an eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association recommend that you get a baseline eye exam if you have reached the age of 40 and have no previous eyesight issues.  If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease) you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist prior to the age of 40.

What are the basics of an eye exam?

  • Your medical history – assessment of your vision, overall health and family’s medical history
  • Your visual acuity – reading standardized eye charts
  • Your pupils – observing your pupils by shining a bright beam of light
  • Your side vision – loss of side vision can be a sign of glaucoma
  • Your eye movement – this test, called motility, evaluates the movement of your eyes
  • Keratometry – this test measure the curvature of the cornea by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring reflection
  • Your prescription for corrective lenses if you wear glasses or contacts – you will be asked to view an eye chart through a device called a phoroptor which contains different lenses to detect what’s best for your eyes
  • Your eye pressure – this test, called tonometry, measures the pressure within the eye that can detect glaucoma
  • The front part of your eye – a type of microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the front part of your eye and can reveal if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea
  • Your retina and optic nerve – your eye doctor will put drops in your eye to dilate, or widen, your eye to allow him or her to thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage from disease

South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists, Eric Kolisz, O.D., Alan Peaslee, O.D., M.S., and Ann Patel, O.D., perform full service eye exams, and our ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are board certified and able to meet your ophthalmology needs.  If it’s time to get your eyes checked, call and make an appointment.  Take care of those eyes!