If you’re a diabetic, maintaining good control of your blood sugar is crucial to preventing eye damage.
Diabetic eye disease is a term for several eye problems that can all result from diabetes.
Diabetic eye disease includes:
Diabetic retinopathy happens when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. These blood vessels can swell and leak. Or they can close, stopping blood from passing through. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow on the retina. All of these changes can steal your vision.
You can even have diabetic retinopathy and not know it because it often has no symptoms in its early stages. A
s diabetic retinopathy gets worse, you will notice symptoms such as:
To prevent eye damage from diabetes, the Eye MD’s at Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians encourage patients to maintain good control of their blood sugar and follow their primary care physician's diet and exercise plan.
If you have not had an eye exam with an ophthalmologist, it is crucial to get one now and to never skip the often required follow-up exams recommended by your ophthalmologist or Eye MD.
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At Mid Atlantic Eye Physicans we’re seeing a substantial number of cases of conjunctivitis and pink eye. Here are some things you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Pink eye is an infectious form of conjunctivitis. It is most often caused by viruses, but in some cases can be caused by bacteria. Some people experience mild redness, itching, and no discharge, while others experience more severe symptoms. We typically see cases where the patient’s eyes are red and inflamed.
Some types of pink eye are highly contagious and easily spread from person to person.
You should see your Eye MD right away if you’re in pain or having trouble seeing, if you are sensitive to light, your eye is producing a lot of pus or mucus, and if you have other symptoms like fever or body aches.
Pink eye is common among children and can be spread easily in schools. Here are some quick tips:
Treatment usually depends on the type of conjunctivitis you have. If your pink eye is bacterial, we would prescribe you an antibiotic eye drop. However, antibiotics do not treat an infection caused by a virus or by allergies.
If your conjunctivitis is due to allergies, you may be told to use a certain eye drop to help control the itchiness and reduce puffiness.
In some cases, placing a cool, wet washcloth on your eyes can make them feel more comfortable.
The best news is conjunctivitis usually goes away within one to two weeks. If your symptoms last longer, you should schedule an appointment with your Eye MD to make sure you do not have a more serious eye condition.
As always, Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians is here to help.
At Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians our Eye MD’s are trained in the various treatment methods for those diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. But your peripheral (side) vision will still be normal. For instance, imagine you are looking at a clock with hands. With AMD, you might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands.
You are more likely to develop AMD if you:
Having heart disease is another risk factor for AMD, as is having high cholesterol levels. Caucasians (white people) also have an elevated risk of getting AMD.
Are you diabetic? When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam?
According to the National Eye Institute, between 40 and 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. Sadly, many are not even aware to it.
The longer a person has had diabetes, the higher the risk.
One surprising fact: Diabetic Retinopathy can cause damage without any outward symptoms.
Our Eye MDs (ophthalmologists) at Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians recommend that people with type 1 diabetes have annual screenings for diabetic retinopathy beginning 5 years after the onset of their disease, and that those with type 2 diabetes should have an examination at the time of diagnosis and at least once a year thereafter.
Diabetic retinopathy can develop in anyone—even those who manage their diabetes carefully.
As diabetic retinopathy gets worse, you will notice symptoms such as:
Additionally, Diabetic retinopathy symptoms usually affect both eyes.
Your sight is so important! Our Eye MDs at Mid Atlantic Eye Physicians encourage you to schedule your comprehensive annual eye exam—no matter what. Be sure to tell our office staff you are diabetic when you schedule your exam.