DOUGLAS & HARDY OPTOMETRISTS HAVE THE TEAM TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH DIABETES.
If you are a patient with diabetes, regular optical check-ups are very important to avoid complications such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Situated in the NHC buildings, Douglas & Hardy are able to identify, screen, monitor and refer a suspected diabetic patient to a specialist eye care professional if need be. Some patients with controlled and stable diabetes will only need monitoring and education as they will have nothing more than a very minor eye disorder. However, those patients with high and uncontrolled blood glucose are at a higher risk of having severe vision problems, which can lead to vision loss that is irreversible.
WE AT DOUGLAS & HARDY TAKE A TEAM APPROACH
Patients with uncontrolled diabetes require a team of health care professionals who specialise in diabetes, ie, a general practitioner, optometrist, ophthalmologist, nurse, and dietician. With regular check-up consultations at Douglas & Hardy, our team of optometrists will be able to give you a full understanding of how the disease may be impacting on your vision as well as to educate you on maintaining optimal eye health. Douglas & Hardy will also assist patients with the appropriate next steps should they require medication and/or surgery to save and maintain vision.
Optometry For People Living With Diabetes
Douglas & Hardy will provide comprehensive eye exams (at least once a year) for patients with diabetes. During these important eye examinations, your Douglas & Hardy optometrist will use a specialised camera called a fundus camera to photograph the retina (the back of your eye), to check the blood vessels and optic nerves in both eyes for any changes/deviations from the normal anatomy of the eye to be able to detect any early signs of damage.
Your Douglas & Hardy optometrist will help to educate you and give you the correct evaluation and referral path if diabetes is discovered under our care. Patients diagnosed with high blood pressure and/or diabetes need to be extra careful about their diet and should exercise regularly.
Diet, exercise and quitting smoking can greatly improve your blood glucose levels and therefore decrease the chances of associated eye problems. It is also very important that the patient, work closely with our Douglas & Hardy team of eye care professionals and follow our advice without question.
SOME CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the tiny blood vessels in the eye (retina) enlarge due to increased glucose in the blood – this will eventually start to leak blood and lipids. These leaks cause small hemorrhages called micro aneurysms, and dot & blot hemorrhages – this condition is referred to as Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. The patient’s first steps to preventing this should be to change their diet, increase their exercise, lose weight and quit smoking. Should these interventions not be followed by the patient, it can lead to much bigger hemorrhages in the retina and severe vision loss. This is called Proliferation Diabetic Retinopathy.
Vision symptoms could include blurred or double vision, pain or pressure in one or both eyes as well as trouble viewing out of the corner of your eyes. Treatment may include laser treatment or surgery by an Ophthalmologist, with follow-up care by your Douglas & Hardy optometrist.
Patients with diabetes are more likely to suffer from a glaucoma condition than those without diabetes. Glaucoma happens when pressure builds up in the eye, damaging the main or optic nerve. Several treatments for glaucoma are available today, these include using medication or eye drops to reduce pressure in the eye, or having eye surgery.
A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye gets cloudy (like a sand blasted window) and light is blocked from entering the eyeball – no image can be formed on the retina. To help deal with mild cataracts, you may have to wear sunglasses more often and use glare-control lenses in your glasses.
When a cataract affects your vision and hampers your day to day activities, ophthalmologists usually remove the lens of the eye with a new transplanted intra-ocular lens. The ophthalmologist will refer you back to Douglas & Hardy to refine your Rx and provide you with tested glasses for reading.
Understanding diabetes and working with your eye care professional can prevent vision loss if treated early. Education is key to this and working with the right team of health care professionals can prevent blindness.
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About Douglas & Hardy
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