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Diabetes and Eyesight

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way we process food for energy and growth. With all forms of diabetes—type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes—the body has trouble converting sugar in the blood into energy, resulting in a host of potential health problems.

Diabetes increases the likelihood that common diabetes-related vision problems or diseases might occur:

  • Diabetics are prone to developing cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s lens) at an earlier age.
  • People with diabetes are almost 50% more likely to develop glaucoma, an eye disorder that damages the optic nerve often marked by an increase of internal eye pressure.
  • Macular edema (and macular degeneration) are more common in diabetics due to malfunctioning blood vessels in the middle region of the retina responsible for central, sharp vision.
  • Most notably, diabetes can result in diabetic retinopathy; an eye disease that affects the blood vessels in the all-important retina. Nearly 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy.

That’s why there’s no separating diabetes and vision. If you have diabetes, then you should understand vision problems that increase in likelihood as a result of the disease.

Diabetes Statistics

Over 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, with an estimated additional 6 million people unaware they have a form of the disease. What’s more, an estimated 54 million Americans ages 40 to 74 have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. According to a recent American Optometric Association survey, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74.

We are excited to tell our valued patients that we will be opening the clinic to routine eye care beginning May 4.

Please be mindful that there will be limited access so we ask that you schedule an appointment before coming in. We apologize in advance for potentially running behind schedule as we implement best practices for your and our safety. If we are running late, we ask that you wait in your car until the previous patient leaves.

Also, we will only allow so many patients in the office so we request that only the patient with the appointment come to the office, obviously, except for a parent accompanying his or her child or a caregiver.

We request that you apply hand sanitizer upon arrival at the office and to please wear a mask when they come.

All exam rooms and instruments will be cleaned and disinfected between patients.

We very much look forward to seeing you!

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We are excited to tell our valued patients that we will be opening the clinic to routine eye care beginning May 4.

Please be mindful that there will be limited access so we ask that you schedule an appointment before coming in. We apologize in advance for potentially running behind schedule as we implement best practices for your and our safety. If we are running late, we ask that you wait in your car until the previous patient leaves.

Also, we will only allow so many patients in the office so we request that only the patient with the appointment come to the office, obviously, except for a parent accompanying his or her child or a caregiver.

We request that you apply hand sanitizer upon arrival at the office and to please wear a mask when they come.

All exam rooms and instruments will be cleaned and disinfected between patients.

We very much look forward to seeing you!