Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Did you know Diabetes can affect your vision?

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Diabetes is a debilitating disease affecting over 29 million Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2014 Statistics Report, more than one-fourth of this population is not diagnosed. Although most commonly associated with controlling blood sugar levels, diabetes is a systemic disease that, left untreated or poorly managed, can cause damage throughout the body including the heart, kidneys and retina. It is also a leading cause of blindness in the US (National Eye Institute).

November is recognized as National Diabetes Month. Take the time to learn your risk factors and, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, learn how you can protect your vision.

Diabetes’ impact on the eyes

Diabetes causes progressive nerve damage and damage to the blood vessels leading to the retina, resulting in several types of diabetic eye disease:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: When the blood vessels are damaged, they will leak blood or other fluids, causing distorted vision and blindness.
  • Diabetic macular edema: The macula is in the center of the retina, and enables sharp central vision. Diabetic retinopathy can cause the macula to swell: blurring vision.
  • Cataracts: Although most people will develop cataracts, diabetics often develop cataracts earlier in life.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve due to elevated pressure in the eye. Diabetics are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than other people.

Diabetics can protect their vision and improve their health by:

  • Managing blood sugar levels through good nutrition, exercise and (if prescribed) medication;
  • Regular doctor visits to monitor HBA1C (blood glucose) levels and kidney function;
  • Annual complete dilated eye exams. In a dilated exam, your eye doctor can see things that might not be apparent through a routine vision screening.

For more information on Diabetic Eye Disease and protecting your vision, contact Performance Eyecare.

Don’t Take Your Eyesight For Granted! Schedule Your Yearly Eye Exam TODAY!

 

Many people tend to take several things in their lives for granted– their vehicles, their homes, their spouses, and so much more. Amongst that list is the ability to hear, taste, and perhaps most importantly, see.

Think about it – what would life be like for you if you had poor vision or no eyesight at all? You wouldn’t be able to drive. You’d find the things you love doing such as sewing, painting, and playing sports much more difficult, if not impossible. And straining to see the face of a loved one could easily bring you to tears.

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 3.3 million Americans 40 years old and older have low vision or blindness. The institute also claims that the figure will increase greatly by the year 2020.

Terrifying, isn’t it?

But did you know that most of those issues could have been prevented? That’s right! By going to the eye doctor on a regular basis (it’s recommended to go once a year), you can help save your vision. In fact, you could even save your life.

When you visit your local optometrist or ophthalmologist for your yearly eye exam, you will know what kind of shape your eyesight is in. Your optometrist or ophthalmologist can also detect if you have any eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, conditions that can go undetected and intensify until they wreak irreversible havoc on your vision.

If that isn’t amazing enough, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can also detect if you have any life-threatening issues when you receive your yearly eye exam. That small network of arteries in your retinas provides a great window to your overall health, and your eye doctor can determine your overall health, especially concerning blood pressure and brain health. Even very serious diseases such as diabetes, brain tumors, and cancer can be found when you get your eye exam.

If this weren’t reason enough to visit your local eye doctor right away, think about this – even though you may be in good health and your eyesight is doing well.  Eye health can change and deteriorate throughout your life, depending on how you treat your eyesight and if your current prescriptions are beneficial to your eyes or not.

“Okay, I know now that an annual eye exam is a good idea, but… I just don’t have the time!” you might say.

At Performance Eyecare we know your time is important and we work hard to stay on schedule so our patients do not have to wait in our office. Typically, patients are examined and eyeglasses are selected in under an hour.  We urge you to find one hour throughout the year to have a thorough eye examination.

“All right, annual eye exams are important, but I really don’t have the money right now,” you might say.

While an eye exam isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, it most certainly isn’t the most expensive, and it definitely should be at the top of your to-do list. Even if your eyes feel fine or you don’t wear glasses or contacts, it is imperative that you schedule an annual exam.

If money is an issue at this time, try cutting back elsewhere. For instance, try packing your lunch for work and cooking homemade meals instead of relying on fast food. Not only will that help your wallet, but it will also help your overall health!

Your eyes are one of the most important things that you have in your life. Please don’t take them for granted and do not ignore them before it’s too late! Call us here at Performance Eyecare at (618) 234-3053 to schedule your annual eye exam TODAY! Check us out at our website at www.PerformanceEyecare.com and see what we can do for you!

Don’t Take Your Eyesight For Granted! Schedule Your Yearly Eye Exam TODAY!

 

Many people tend to take several things in their lives for granted– their vehicles, their homes, their spouses, and so much more. Amongst that list is the ability to hear, taste, and perhaps most importantly, see.

Think about it – what would life be like for you if you had poor vision or no eyesight at all? You wouldn’t be able to drive. You’d find the things you love doing such as sewing, painting, and playing sports much more difficult, if not impossible. And straining to see the face of a loved one could easily bring you to tears.

According to the National Eye Institute, more than 3.3 million Americans 40 years old and older have low vision or blindness. The institute also claims that the figure will increase greatly by the year 2020.

Terrifying, isn’t it?

But did you know that most of those issues could have been prevented? That’s right! By going to the eye doctor on a regular basis (it’s recommended to go once a year), you can help save your vision. In fact, you could even save your life.

When you visit your local optometrist or ophthalmologist for your yearly eye exam, you will know what kind of shape your eyesight is in. Your optometrist or ophthalmologist can also detect if you have any eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, conditions that can go undetected and intensify until they wreak irreversible havoc on your vision.

If that isn’t amazing enough, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can also detect if you have any life-threatening issues when you receive your yearly eye exam. That small network of arteries in your retinas provides a great window to your overall health, and your eye doctor can determine your overall health, especially concerning blood pressure and brain health. Even very serious diseases such as diabetes, brain tumors, and cancer can be found when you get your eye exam.

If this weren’t reason enough to visit your local eye doctor right away, think about this – even though you may be in good health and your eyesight is doing well.  Eye health can change and deteriorate throughout your life, depending on how you treat your eyesight and if your current prescriptions are beneficial to your eyes or not.

“Okay, I know now that an annual eye exam is a good idea, but… I just don’t have the time!” you might say.

At Performance Eyecare we know your time is important and we work hard to stay on schedule so our patients do not have to wait in our office. Typically, patients are examined and eyeglasses are selected in under an hour.  We urge you to find one hour throughout the year to have a thorough eye examination.

“All right, annual eye exams are important, but I really don’t have the money right now,” you might say.

While an eye exam isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, it most certainly isn’t the most expensive, and it definitely should be at the top of your to-do list. Even if your eyes feel fine or you don’t wear glasses or contacts, it is imperative that you schedule an annual exam.

If money is an issue at this time, try cutting back elsewhere. For instance, try packing your lunch for work and cooking homemade meals instead of relying on fast food. Not only will that help your wallet, but it will also help your overall health!

Your eyes are one of the most important things that you have in your life. Please don’t take them for granted and do not ignore them before it’s too late! Call us here at Performance Eyecare at (618) 234-3053 to schedule your annual eye exam TODAY! Check us out at our website at www.PerformanceEyecare.com and see what we can do for you!