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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.


Insurance

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 
   

Vision insurance vs. medical insurance.  Many people may not realize that when they come to an eye doctor their visit may or may not be considered routine.  With that being said, if it is routine with a diagnosis of myopia, presbyopia, etc., it is considered routine. If it is conjunctivitis, diabetes, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc., it is considered medical and may be filed medically and not routine.  Some medical plans include vision coverage and others have separate vision plans.  Either way, it is always a great idea to have information for both when making an appointment even if you are having a Lasik Consult.

Cheri