Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness of adults in the U.S.? According to the most recent study conducted by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes now affects 30.3 million Americans, with an alarming number of new cases being reported annually.
At McKinney Eyeworks, we’re dedicated to providing the most state-of-the-art dilated eye examinations to detect and treat eye disease among our diabetic patients. We are also pleased to provide you with the following tips for your health and well-being as it relates to both diabetes and your eye care:
· Keep your blood sugar levels under tight control. According to a recent Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, people on standard diabetes treatment contracted retinopathy four times as often as people who kept their blood sugar levels close to normal. In people who already had retinopathy, the condition progressed in the tight-control group only half as often. These results show that you have a lot of control over what happens to your eyes. Also, high blood sugar levels may make your vision temporarily blurry.
· Bring high blood pressure under control. High blood pressure can make eye problems worse.
· See your eye care professional at least once a year for a dilated eye exam. Having your regular doctor look at your eyes is not enough. Nor is having your eyeglass prescription tested by an optician. Only optometrists and ophthalmologists can detect the signs of retinopathy. Only ophthalmologists can treat retinopathy.
· Make sure to see your eye care professional right away if:
o Your vision becomes blurry and/or you see double
o You have trouble reading signs or books
o One or both of your eyes hurt
o Your eyes get red and stay that way
o You feel pressure in your eye
o You see spots or floaters
o Straight lines do not look straight
o You can’t see things at the side as you used to
The importance of annual dilated eye exams at McKinney Eyeworks
As mentioned in the list of tips above, it’s essential for diabetics to have an annual dilated eye exam. Our diabetic eye exam at McKinney Eyeworks involves the use of many instruments, including our Zeiss Visucam to photodocument the retina and monitor any changes as retinopathy progresses or regresses.
Unlike many optometric offices, we also employ the use of a Zeiss Cirrus HD OCT. An OCT is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light rays to take cross sections of the individual layers of the retina, which allows us to view what diabetic retinopathy is doing below the surface of the retina and follow disease progression. It’s a vital piece of equipment to manage and treat diabetic patients.
Call McKinney Eyeworks today
Serving McKinney and the surrounding area since 2000, the skilled team at McKinney Eyeworks is dedicated to pursuing the highest standard of comprehensive, state-of-the-art optometric care. Dr. Woerz and Dr. Wang will not only diagnose any retinal problems associated with diabetes, but stay in close contact with our patients’ endocrinologists or PCP’s to help manage our diabetic patients and ensure they receive the best possible care.
Schedule an eye exam with McKinney Eyeworks today. Let us bring your world and health into focus!
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