Blood sugar levels can be a difficult matter to manage for many people. In some cases, diabetes is a genetic problem affecting the metabolic system. In others, the onset of diabetes stems from diet, and how insulin is used by the body to regulate the amount of glucose, or sugar, that is in the blood. We need sugar to fuel our cells, but too much, in particular, can instigate a number of health concerns.
Because sugar is used in every cell of the body, there really is no part of the body that isn’t at risk when the function of insulin and sugar is disrupted. Diabetes can become a chronic condition that ultimately causes secondary health problems, including certain eye diseases that may lead to blurry vision and, eventually, vision loss.
We encourage our patients to take special note of changes to their eyesight. Blurring may be an early warning sign for . . .
- Macular edema, which is a type of pressure inside the eye. Macular edema describes a swollen macula, the center area of the retina is what enables us to see directly in front of us. The macula that is inundated with excess fluid becomes swollen and thick, which then leads to vision distortions such as blurriness or waves.
- Glaucoma, or pressure on the optic nerve. Glaucoma is also related to excess fluid inside the structure of the eye. In this condition, fluid buildup occurs in the front of the eye. Glaucoma is a serious condition due to the potential for irreparable damage to the optic nerve, causing vision loss.
- Proliferative retinopathy, an advanced form of this retinal disease. Diabetic proliferative retinopathy indicates potentially severe damage to the retina due to the growth of delicate new blood vessels within this structure. The weak nature of these vessels allows blood to lead out into the retina and the vitreous fluid of the eye, causing blurring and cloudiness.
- Cataracts cause more cases of vision loss than any of the previously mentioned conditions. Diabetes is one of the leading risk factors in the development of cataracts, which cloud the eye’s lens gradually over time. Cataracts are not on the lens, they are integrated within it, a buildup of the protein that is naturally present in this structure.
Blurred vision is a good reason to see your eye doctor, even in between annual eye exams. The Eye Associates has locations in Caldwell and Meridian, where we provide friendly, professional service. Contact us for your visit.
Technology has made life easier in some ways. It has even improved the healthcare industry, altering the way that physicians conduct a wide variety of treatments. It’s somewhat hard to imagine just how much can be accomplished online, without ever leaving the house. Today, people are earning degrees online, ordering food, and even finding their mate. Another activity that is being conducted online is the general eye exam.
Could an online eye exam provide you with the details you need to know about your eyes? Let’s see!
The purpose of the online eye exam is to allow a person to assess his or her vision without having to schedule a visit to the eye doctor. Ok, that may be convenient. The testing process typically involves the “patient” observing a series of characters, lines, and shapes on the computer screen. This does not seem far off from the in-person eye exam. Finally, some online services even include interpretation of results by an optometrist and a prescription for corrective eyewear. What more could a person want? Quite a bit more, it turns out.
There is Value in Face to Face Care
While there is a lot to be said for convenience, and for technology, eye exams are not quite ready to go digital, at least outside of the medical office. Reasons to forego the online eye exam for a visit with your eye doctor include:
- In-person eye exams focus on the big picture. The current state of your vision is only one aspect of eye testing. In addition to observing refractive errors that may cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other acuity problems, your eye doctor will also evaluate the structure of the eyes, including the retina. This in-depth exam process helps us determine if you have signs of an eye condition such as glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration. Because early treatment is pivotal to long-term eye health, an extended exam is ideal.
- Eyeglass prescriptions are more accurate with an in-person exam. This is because there is an interaction between practitioner and patient. During a professional eye exam, there is time for second-guessing and asking crucial questions that enhance the outcome of vision assessment.
- Insurance coverage is usually available for eye exams in the optometry or ophthalmology office, whereas online exams may require up-front investment.
We love helping our patients enjoy vibrant, healthy lives. Call us in Caldwell or Meridian to schedule your professional eye exam.
80% of all vision problems worldwide are avoidable. There are simple and practical changes you can make to your daily regimen to ensure that you are caring for your eyes properly.
Diet changes typically come from a desire to arrive at a healthier weight so we can have more energy. We rarely consider how healthy diet improvements can benefit our eyesight as well. The following vitamins and minerals are valuable components in maintaining healthy eyesight: vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Green leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna, and citrus fruits are great ways to get these essential nutrients.
Get the right sunglasses:
When selecting a pair of shades, make sure they block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses are even better since they protect your eyes from all sides. Polarized lenses are great for driving because they reduce glare. Contact lenses offer a minimal amount of UV protection so be sure to wear sunglasses as well.
Add variety to your workday:
Many American adults sit in an office staring at a computer for the majority of the day. Excessive screen time contributes to headaches, eyestrain, shoulder and neck pain, dry eyes, and blurry eyes. But even without a heavy screen time job, kids and adults alike are constantly using an electronic device. Break the monotony by initiating the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, find a spot to focus on that is 20 feet away from your phone or computer screen, and then stare at it for 20 seconds. Also, take a walking break every few hours and have a work call outside to ease your eyes.
Schedule regular eye exams:
Your eye doctor is specifically trained to understand the symptoms of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Regular eye exams keep your doctor apprised of your current eye health and allow them to catch and treat problems early on.
To schedule an eye exam with The Eye Associates, contact us today. You can reach our office at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717. We look forward to addressing your concerns and questions.