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We Are Knowledgeable About Diabetes Effects on Vision Care
People with diabetes have a higher risk of eye problems and blindness, but with proper and timely treatments, these can be minimized. Family Eye Care Services has several decades of experience helping people with diabetes keep their eyes as healthy as possible for as long as possible. We are well equipped to detect problems early and provide appropriate treatments and surgical referrals.
Conditions That Often Affect People with Diabetes
Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds up in the eye. People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer form glaucoma than people without diabetes. The risk increases with age.
Cataracts occur when the eyeâ€™s clear lens clouds, blocking light. People with diabetes are 60% more likely to get cataracts than people without diabetes. In addition, the cataracts tend to develop at a younger age and progress faster. Sunglasses and glare-control lenses can help when cataracts are mild. Surgery to remove and or replace the lens of the eye can help.
Diabetic retinopathy refers to disorders of the retina (the back of the eye where vision focuses) caused by diabetes when blood vessels in the area swell and leak. Two types exist: nonproliferative retinopathy, the most common form, and proliferative retinopathy (more serious, later stages). Ultimately, retinal detachment may result.
Treatment Can Delay Vision Loss
Early detection is important. Treatments include laser surgery techniques: in early cases, doctors use scatter photocoagulation to seal blood vessels to stop leaking, focal photocoagulation is used as the disease progresses to seal leaking blood vessels; and vitrectomy, which is surgery to remove scar tissue and cloudy fluid from inside the eye.
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Why are regular of regular eye exams important
Eye exams for children play an important role in ensuring normal vision development and academic achievement of all kids.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children with undetected vision problems often will have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what "normal" vision looks like.
Vision screenings are limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. These are the brief vision tests performed by the school nurse, a pediatrician, other health care providers or volunteers.
The eye test that you take when you get your driver's license renewed is an example of a vision screening.
Treatment plans following your eye exam can include a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors, vision therapy or strabismus surgery for binocular vision problems, medical treatment for eye disease or simply a recommendation that you have your eyes examined again within a specific time frame.
Your eye doctor also may recommend that you take eye vitamins or vision supplements to maintain good eye health or to help alleviate specific problems like dry eyes.
No matter who you are, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life.