If You’ve got High Blood Sugar, You Need to Know about Blurry Vision!

eye care services Boise, IDBlood 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.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

Eye Care Center Boise, ID80% 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.

  • Eat for your eyes:

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.

Take Care of Your Eyes This Season

winter eye careWinter is upon us, and for many, this means itchy dry eyes. It’s important to keep your eyes healthy, as good vision is one of the keys to preserving your quality of life now and in the years to come. Here’s what you can do to be good to your eyes amidst the dry air and chilly weather.

Add Moisture
While it makes you feel nice and toasty, your indoor heating system can also dry out your eyes, as it decreases the humidity levels in the room. This can lead to eye redness, itchiness, and overall discomfort. To find relief, try running the humidifier in your home or office to moisten the air. And use eye drops or artificial tears to help you lubricate, clean and keep your eyes hydrated.

Drink More Fluids
In the wintertime, it’s important to consume enough liquids to keep you hydrated. Otherwise, your body tries to conserve as much water as possible and can lead to a decrease in the production of tears. Drink plenty of water or opt for green tea. Not only does tea keep your skin healthy, it can help with a number of vision problems like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and some types of glaucoma.

Care for Cosmetics
Before getting glammed up for the Christmas bash of the year, take a good look at your cosmetics, particularly your mascara, eye shadow and eye liner. Over time, these products can build up bacteria that, when transferred to your eyes, can lead to eye infections. Keep your cosmetics in a cool dry place, don’t use dried out mascara, throw away old makeup, and never share your eye cosmetics with others.

Protect Against UV Rays
When the sun reflects office or snow, UV rays can harm your eyes. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when you’re out and about. Choose sunglasses with 99% to 100% UVA and UVB protection, and as an additional defense, wear sunglasses that wrap around your eyes to guard your peripheral vision.

Get an Eye Exam
A regular eye exam plays a huge role in keeping your eyes healthy. Schedule regular vision screenings to help your doctor detect and treat any vision problems you may have before they become worse. Your eyes will thank you.

To learn more about proper eye care during the winter months, or for questions regarding our services, contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell. We look forward to hearing from you!