The eyes are the window to the…soul?
In reality, the inside of the eye is a snapshot of the body’s health. Uncontrolled blood sugars can cause changes to the health of the blood vessels in the back of the eye. The level of severity can range from mild signs to severe emergent signs. Patients may experience fluctuating vision, blurry vision, double vision, loss of peripheral vision, new floaters or flashing lights. If left untreated, diabetes may cause blindness and is the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 20-74.
It is easier to treat early signs of diabetes than wait and have a situation turn into an emergency. For this reason, we recommend a yearly diabetic exam to assess for new diabetic signs or symptoms.
Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Disease
Riverside EyeCare offers diagnosis and management of ocular disease. An eye exam isn’t just checking for glasses. We also evaluate your eye health. In doing so, we are equipped to diagnose and manage many eye conditions including eye infections, minor eye injuries, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye and diabetic eye disease.
Many ocular diseases begin without any symptoms and if left untreated will damage your vision. Meaning you won’t notice anything is wrong until it is too late. This is why many eye conditions are a silent thief of sight. Why compromise your eyesight? We recommend anyone 65 and over have their eyes checked yearly and other adults to have their eyes examined every 1-2 years..
Do your eyes water? Do they sting, burn, itch or feel uncomfortable? Does it feel like there’s something in your eye or have fluctuating vision?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have dry eyes! Dry eyes is a chronic disease meaning there is no cure, however, it is easily managed. Dry eyes can result from dehydration, the normal aging process, hormonal changes, exposure to certain environments, decreased blinking from using electronics or from certain medications, including but not limited to, antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants.
During your examination, your optometrist is able to recommend treatment to manage your condition and improve your comfort. Treatment may include lubricating drops, ointment, and other take home therapies. If you are experiencing more severe symptoms of dry eyes other more advanced therapies are available and your optometrist will recommend treatments based on your symptoms.