In the new year of 2016, the current medical news is that there are more than 25 million Americans living with diabetes; a now common disease here in the Carolinas and across the United States that is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults ages 20-74. This information is according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham manages the care of many eye patients whose vision is affected by diabetes. She reassures her patients on a daily basis that there are important steps that can be taken to prevent or delay vision damage. Regular visits are critical to eye care and management.
Park Ophthalmology offers five eye health tips for patients with diabetes:
- Annual eye exam: An annual eye examination, including dilation, is a key part of assessing the onset of diabetes-related vision loss. When a patient’s eyes are dilated, Dr. Friedland is able to view the patient’s retina and optic nerve for damage related to diabetes, even if the person hasn’t noticed vision changes.
- Keep blood glucose levels normal: Diabetics already know they need to closely monitor their blood glucose levels. Besides other physical symptoms, high glucose levels can damage blood vessels in the eyes, resulting in bleeding and development of scar tissue. This step of controlling diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of vision loss.
- Watch cholesterol, blood pressure: As with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of vision loss. Medication or lifestyle changes may be necessary to keep these conditions under control.
- Stop smoking: Smoking by itself not only raises the risk of vision loss, but also contributes to high blood pressure and makes it more likely that a diabetic will experience vision loss.
- Get exercise: Regular exercise not only helps the waistline, it also lowers blood glucose, reduces cholesterol, decreases blood pressure and helps maintain balance and flexibility. The benefits make it a key tool in a diabetic’s efforts to maintain good health.
Patients with diabetes naturally are concerned about vision loss. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of the disease, check with Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham to see what more you can do to preserve vision. Beth R. Friedland M.D. is always willing to address patient concerns about how diabetes affects your eyes. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle, from Apex to Mooresville to Raleigh, and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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