Three Different Eye Diseases Diabetics Need to Watch Out For

People with diabetes are at a greater risk for eye disease.

High glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye, which can lead to vision loss or blindness; many eye diseases have no symptoms in the early stages, so regular eye exams are a must for diabetics.

There are many different eye diseases that can plague the diabetic; the list is long, however; this article will focus on three particularly serious eye problems: cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy.

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Cataracts

Diabetics are 60% more likely to get cataracts; and at a younger age than people without diabetes. Poor control of blood sugar speeds it up so tight control over your blood sugar and regular eye doctor visits are most important.

Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens, thereby blocking light to the retina where images are processed, and making it harder to see. They don’t cause symptoms like pain, redness or tearing, and some might stay small enough to not affect your eyesight at all.

Large, thick cataracts are generally removed via surgery.

Glaucoma

People with diabetes are 40% more likely to get glaucoma, and the longer you have diabetes, your chances become greater. Glaucoma usually has no symptoms, but it can cause bright halos or colored rings around lights. Left untreated, it can cause an increase in eye pressure damaging the optic nerve and resulting in vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma can be diagnosed by your ophthalmologist performing these five exams: tonometry (measuring the pressure in your eye), gonioscopy (inspecting your eye’s drainage angle), ophthalmoscopy (inspecting the optic nerve), a field vision test which tests your peripheral vision, and pachymetry, which measures the thickness of your cornea.

Treatment may include eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to blood vessels inside the retina caused by blood sugar buildup. During the early stages there is no pain and vision is not likely to change until the disease increases in severity. Over time, however; the walls of your blood vessels may leak fluid, and after having diabetes for a while, blood vessels can form scar tissue and pull the retina away from the back of your eye, leading to severe vision loss and possibly even blindness.

Retinopathy is diagnosed during a thorough eye exam using a special dye to find leaking blood vessels.

Treatment in early stages is a laser surgery that seals the blood vessels and stops them from leaking and growing. It can’t restore lost vision, but combined with follow-up care, it can lower the chance of blindness by as much as 90%. Later stage treatment may consist of surgery to remove scar tissue, blood and cloudy fluid from inside the eye, improving vision.

As you can see from these three different eye diseases, keeping control of your blood sugar is most important if you wish to keep your eyesight. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.

Glaucoma Awareness Month 2016

See Our Doctors At Performance Eyecare During Glaucoma Awareness Month!

In 2013 we reported that 2.7 million people in the U.S have glaucoma, which has now reached over 4 million people living in the United States. Out of those 4 million people suffering from glaucoma, there are over 100,000 people who are blind from this disease. With statistics on the rise, the doctors at Performance Eyecare are skilled, trained and educated in eye health & have the drive to help you diagnose the early-on symptoms glaucoma can bring.

Glaucoma can be detected early on by the care of our Creve Couer, MO and Swansea, IL eye care professionals when you come in for your annual eye exam. The exam that you will undergo can help determine the appearance of glaucoma or even the progress to which it may already have taken. The good news is that while glaucoma does not currently have a cure, there are some precautions that Dr. Massie can treat which will help control of further eye damage occurring, or vision being lost. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness among Americans. Do not delay scheduling your eye exam, as it may save your vision.

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It is first important to know that there are two types of glaucoma that can be detected: Angle-Closure Glaucoma, and Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

Known as chronic glaucoma and is the most common form of glaucoma, being accountable for over 88% of all glaucoma cases; according to Glaucoma Research Foundation. This form of the disease is almost undetectable without a comprehensive eye exam.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

This form of the disease develops quickly, and demands immediate attention with noticeable damage and symptoms.

Glaucoma Testing

If you’re ready to celebrate Glaucoma Awareness month with your own eye health check-up; or if you would like to be tested for glaucoma please give us a call to set up an appointment at (618) 223-6281 in Swansea, IL or (314) 380-4129 in Creve Coeur, MO or you can visit us online to schedule an appointment most convenient to you!

Diabetic Retinopathy

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to have regular eye exams, at least once per year. Diabetes increases your risk of eye problems, so it is important to not delay in caring for your eyes.  However, you are also at risk for diabetic retinopathy: damage to the blood vessels located in your retina.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

This disease is the most common among those suffering from diabetes – both type 1 and 2; is the leading cause in America for blindness. In some people, the blood vessels in the retina may swell and leak fluid, however in other people you may develop new vessels on the surface of your retina. This eye disease typically affects both eyes, not just one.

If you are diagnosed by Dr. Massie to have diabetic retinopathy, he will also recommend a treatment to help the progression of this disease which may include more than one visit to the doctor per year. Do not let this go untreated.

To find out how to treat this eye disease, or to make an appointment for your annual checkup, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Massie or Dr. Cuff. Appointments can be made online or by calling:

  1. Creve Coeur, MO Location: 314-878-1377
  2. Swansea, IL Location: 618-234-3053
  3. Alton, IL Location: 618-465-8652

Scary Facts About Glaucoma, the Thief of Vision

Woman's eyeDid you know that 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma? If that doesn’t scare you, take this fact in – nearly HALF of those with glaucoma don’t even realize that they have it!

Could you be one of them?

“So what exactly is glaucoma?” you ask. Well, to put it succinctly, glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy your eyesight without warning. This disease gradually destroys your visions so you will hardly notice it occurring. It can also affect people of all ages, though it generally strikes the middle-aged or the elderly. While there is no cure for the disease, medication and surgery can impede its progression or can prevent further vision loss.

What’s the best way to fight against glaucoma then?

Early detection via an eye exam can work wonders in saving your vision from glaucoma. An eye exam can help detect its appearance or progress, which is vital as the disease is painless, generally has no early warning signs that can be detected without an eye exam, and can come on very gradually. Treating the early stages of this disease can help control it and prevent you from losing anymore of your vision or becoming blind.

It’s true – anyone can get glaucoma, but many are at a higher risk of getting it. This includes African Americans over the age of 40, everyone over the age of 60, and people with a family history of the disease.

Don’t worry; all is not lost! Come in for an eye exam to see if you could have glaucoma. While there are really no symptoms, an eye exam can detect signs of glaucoma such as subtle changes to your optic nerve and an increase to your IOP, that is, your intraocular pressure, which is the pressure that exists inside your eyes.

If you’re ready to come in for your annual eye exam or would like to be examined for glaucoma or other eye health issues, just give us a call at (618) 234-3053 in Swansea or (314) 878-1377 in St. Louis, or you can visit us online at www.PerformanceEyecare.com. Let us help keep you safe from the leading cause of preventable blindness!

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!