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Press Release: New Expanded Renovation for the New Year

Dr. Hiten Prajapati and the entire staff at Triangle Family Eye Care are excited to announce that our expansion renovations are complete! We have lots of beautiful new glasses and sunglasses for you to choose from and a larger clinic space to serve you better. In addition to our existing wide selection of name brand designer frames, including some of our favorites like Ray-Ban, Prada, Prodesign, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, check out our latest frame options Dragon and Longchamps. Browse all of our designer frame options at https://www.trieyecare.com/eyeglasses-contacts/designer-frames/. We can’t think of a better way to ring in 2020 other than getting yourself a new pair of glasses!

One of the driving forces behind our expansion was to make our Dry Eye Clinic and its dry eye technology, like Lipiflow and BlephEx, available to our ever-expanding patient base who suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome. We have noticed that more and more of our patients are complaining of various dry eye symptoms such as dry, irritated, watery eyes, sensitive or itchy eyes and burning eyes. Some patients classify their dry eye complaints as only occasional in frequency and mild in degree, many of our patients have reported dry eye-related symptoms that can only be classified as chronic and severe. Dr. Prajapati and the whole team at the Dry Eye Clinic at Triangle Family Eye Care have the technology, training and sensitivity to help!

We are still located at 1216 Village Market Pl, Morrisville, NC, 27560, at the corner of Village Market Place and NW Cary Parkway.

A special thank you to those patients and customers that had to deal with the ongoing construction the last three months. We appreciated your patience throughout the renovations process and are excited to welcome everyone to our expanded and updated eye clinic!

Triangle Family Eye Care is First North Carolina practice to use Monaco Optos Camera

In late September 2018, Dr. Prajapati of Triangle Family Eye Care proudly introduced North Carolina residents to the benefits of the only Optomap imaging device with integrated OCT. This device promises to enhance eye care professionals’ clinical exam by providing the very latest technology including the only Ultra Wide Field (UWF) retinal imaging device with integrated OCT. Currently, Optos is the only imaging device that has Ultra Wide Field which allows for precise measurements of the peripheral retinal lesions. The value that the Ultra Wide Field brings to the eye care team at Triangle Family Eye Care cannot be understated. We invite you to discuss the potential benefit of having your eyes scanned with North Carolina’s first Monaco Optos. Capture

This amazingly powerful technology produces a 200-degree Optomap image in under half a second (with an exposure time of less than 0.4 seconds). This new machine will set the standard for eye disease detection and management. Indeed, Optomap has been shown at clinical trials to enhance pathology detection and subsequent management. By integrating Optomap technology with OCT, this ability is enhanced significantly.

Monaco is able to capture a 6-image, multi-modal overview of both eyes in as short as a minute and a half. By permitting the practitioner to view multiple image modalities simultaneously, the eye care professional can detect pathology and other potential dangers through utilizing the various views. Furthermore, enabling such a quick overview improves clinic flow by making all possible views visible at the same time.

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At the current time, there are more than 500 published and ongoing clinical trials (in addition to thousands of case studies and testimonials) indicating the benefit that Optomap imaging offers the eye care practitioner during diagnosis, treatment, management, explanation, and patient engagement. With the added benefit of coupling Optomap with OCT that Monaco provides, a fuller, more complete approach to optometric care can be offered to patients.

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

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It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own.

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We are conveniently located at, 1216 Village Market Pl, and service Morrisville & Cary.

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This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as failing to take care of your eyes today could cause damage to your eyes and vision now and in the future.

So put down your text books for a second and learn these four simple lessons about protecting your precious eyes:

Blue Light Protection

College students spend a LOT of time in front of screens. From each class, homework assignment, and research project, to texting, tinder, netflix and gaming – life is largely digital. This comes with a slew of potential side effects known as computer vision syndrome, including sore and tired eyes, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, dry eyes and blurred vision, largely due to the effect of the blue light emitted from the screens. Research shows that blue light can also impact your sleep quality and may possibly be connected to the development of retinal damage and macular degeneration later in life.

There are a few ways to protect your eyes and vision from blue light and computer vision syndrome:

  • Use computer glasses or blue-light blocking coated lenses or contact lenses when working on a screen for long periods of time. These lenses are made to allow optimal visual comfort for the distance and unique pixelation of working on a computer or mobile screen, by reducing glare and eye strain. They also block potentially harmful blue-light radiation from entering your eyes.
  • Prescription glasses may be considered as well. Many students who never needed glasses previously experience eyestrain with extensive hours studying in university. A minor prescription can make a big difference in reducing eye fatigue and helping to improve concentration.
  • Implement the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to pause from the intensity of the computer screen.
  • Depending on your environment, eye drops prescribed from the eye doctor may be helpful. Your blink rate often goes down substantially when you are concentrating on reading or computer work, which can cause dry eyes. Using eye drops and remembering to blink frequently can help reduce these uncomfortable symptoms.
  • Install bluelight filters on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light exposure. There are a number of free apps available to download on your phone or computer.

Widespread use of computers or phones with computer access may cause additional issues with eye strain. Some of these symptoms may include trouble shifting focus from computer documents to paper documents, and “after images” when you turn your glance away from the computer screen.

A college student should take eye strain seriously when symptoms include eye discomfort, headaches, double vision or a noticeable change in vision. While college students do not usually put health concerns first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend regular eye exams for people of all ages.

How to use Contact Lenses

Many college students opt for contact lenses as they are convenient and great for the appearance, but they come along with responsibility. The busy days and late nights can sometimes make contact lens care difficult so make sure to plan ahead. If you wear contact lenses you need to make sure that you always get them from an authorized lens distributor and that you follow your eye doctor’s instructions for proper care.

Always follow the wearing schedule and never sleep in lenses that are not designed for extended wear. Clean and disinfect as needed, and don’t rinse them with anything other than contact lens solution. Failing to follow the proper use and hygiene for contact lenses can result in irritation, infections and even corneal scarring which can result in vision loss.

One-day disposable lenses can be a great option especially for college students as they offer ultimate convenience (no cleaning and storing) and optimal eye health.

Further, if you enjoy wearing contact lenses, then remember to get a proper fit from your eye doctor. Many “exclusive” contact lenses available online may actually be poorly fit and made from inferior materials. One size does not fit all.

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UV Protection

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are known to cause long term eye damage and lead to vision threatening eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Additionally in extreme cases of unprotected UV exposure you can get sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis, which can cause a gritty, dry feeling, burning, swelling, light sensitivity, vision changes and sometimes serious pain.

These symptoms typically go away within a day or two. Wearing 100% UV reflective sunglasses whenever you are outside – rain or shine – is a first step to eye protection. A large brimmed hat to protect the eyes from exposure from the top and sides is also a recommended addition for sunny days.

Regular eye exams

To start off college with the right foot forward, it’s recommended to get a comprehensive eye exam prior to the start of the the school year, especially if you haven’t had one recently.

This way you can ensure that your eyes and vision are in top shape and, if you wear glasses, that your prescription is still accurate. The last thing you want to worry about when getting adjusted to college is problems with your eyes and vision.
It’s also recommended for students that are going away to another city to get a recommendation for a local eye doctor in case of an emergency. Most eye doctors know of colleagues located in other cities who they could recommend.

Just remember to think about your eyes because the better you take care of them now, the healthier eyes and vision you will have down the line.

If you are in front of a computer screen for Prolonged hours not uncommon among college students, this may result in a disorder known as CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome.

Call Triangle Family Eye Care on 919-372-3555 in Morrisville, North Carolina to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist.

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Why Buy Locally vs Buying Glasses Online

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With online shopping increasing in trend, many people want to conveniently shop for glasses online. However, do yourself a favor by stopping by at our eye care center near Cary, NC first. This post will address why you should buy glasses locally at our Triangle Family Eye Care Center and not buy glasses from an online source.

The Importance Of A Perfect Fit

It is extremely important to ensure that your eyeglasses fit perfectly and to achieve this, there are some measurements and adjustments that are best left to an experienced optician.

  • Pupillary Distance (PD) Measurement

PD evaluates the distance between your pupils. This measurement is required for a perfect fit on your lenses in the frame. The best vision you can get is when the lenses are aligned with your pupils.

Even though you may measure your own PD following online instructions, this is best left to an experienced optician. The PD is not provided with your prescription and can best be evaluated during a one-to-one session with your Cary optician.

  • The comfort of fit

The comfort of a pair of eyeglasses depends on a few factors:

Different lens materials and different frame materials may feel different and the suggestions of an optician would be invaluable in this regard.

The strength and weight of lenses is another important factor. You may prefer thin and light lenses.

At our vision center, you get the options of choosing from a lot of shapes and design options for the frames and various lens features.

Another factor is the size of the glasses. It needs to be perfect – not too big to slip and not too small to pinch and mark your forehead and nose.

And then, comes the role of your facial features. As your head, eyes, and nose are unique, a custom-made pair of eyeglasses would be most comfortable. They should sit perfectly on the bridge of your nose. Our experienced opticians would be able to provide a correctly fitting pair of glasses.

  • The look and feel

If you shop at our center, you have the added advantage of choosing from many brands of designer frames. With the suggestions of our opticians to back you, you can choose a pair that is not only comfortable but also looks great on you. There is a wide range of options catering to your budget too. The same applies for sunglasses – you can choose from among our wide range of designer sunglasses.

  • Contact lenses

If you would rather go for contact lenses, our opticians will dedicate the required time to ensure a comfortable fit. They will also help you to choose the type of contact lenses by explaining the pros of all the types.

  • Warranty

With Triangle Family Eye Care’s WOW Eyewear Warranty, you get 12 months of warranty for your frames and lenses. This covers breakage (not loss or theft) under any circumstance. Contact us near Cary to know about any changes based on insurance and vision plans.

  • Transition lenses

These protect your eyes from excessive glare and UV rays by automatically transitioning from clear to tinted. The tint adjusts itself according to the brightness of the sun. We provide specialty transition lenses for the more active and sportsmen too.

  • Computer Glasses

These are specially made for use with the computer. Unlike other glasses made for near or far viewing, computer glasses are designed for mid-distance viewing – considering the distance of the computer from your eyes. These are also equipped with features like blue light blocking coatings.

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Should you buy glasses at a local optical or online?

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There is a saying “You are not always rich enough to buy cheap”, the idea is that while a low price may be tempting, many times the savings are achieved by providing a lower quality product or service which ends up costing you far more than you saved in added costs, increased hassel and lower enjoyment of the product. When it comes to buying, we are comfortable spending hundreds of dollars on a phone, but we try and find ways to cut corners on eyewear which is not only used all day, every day, but also is literally the lens with which we see the world.

Here are some things to look out for when looking at a budget option.

Assistance:

Buying glasses is similar to buying multiple products at once. Glasses are a fashion item, a health product, and a uniquely personal item. Having an experienced optician with an eye for helping people choose the right glasses for their budget, style, face, and needs is a skill that takes many years to hone.

Warranty:

Buying locally comes with the confidence that you have a place to go to if something goes wrong. If you buy your glasses online, needing a small adjustment to the frames, nose pad, or lenses becomes a big ordeal, however when buying locally, all you need to do is stop by and we can take care of those adjustments for you.

Lens Coating:

Perhaps one of the most overlooked elements of buying glasses online or local is the quality of the lens coatings. Both online and local stores are offering the same types of coating such as anti glare, anti scratch, blue blocking and transitioning lenses. However the quality of lens coatings differ greatly. We ensure high quality by using the leading brands for our coatings, such as Crizal for anti glare and blue blocking.

Other’s have reported issues with online purchases such as problems with pupillary distance, frame quality, and not being able to try on the glasses before buying them.

If you live in Cary or Morrisville, stop by our local optical for the latest designer frames, the highest quality lens coatings, and great service.

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Eye Care at Park West Village

mother holding babyAs a parent, you know that getting everything done can be a masterful balancing act. Schedules are busy, and your daily tasks often include getting the kids to school, spending a full day at work, and fitting all the typical errands of parenthood in between. To keep your kids healthy, there are regular doctor, dentist, and optometry appointments too.

When it comes to eye care, we make it easy and convenient for you! Triangle Family Eye Care is located at Park West Village. That means you can combine your family appointments for pediatric eye exams with shopping for new shoes or clothes for the changing seasons. With our conveniently located optometry clinic, there’s no need for you to run around the city from store to store, and office to office. We fit eye care into your busy calendar, with ultimate one-stop shopping at the mall!

Kid’s Eye Exams

Regular pediatric eye exams are critical for your child’s development. Even if kids see sharp and have no trouble viewing the classroom board, routine kids’ eye exams are still necessary. Many undetected vision conditions can get in the way of effective learning, coordination, and agile sports performance. “Pediatric eye exams are the best way to spot or rule out a problematic vision condition,” says our eye doctor, Dr. Hiten Prajapati. “It’s the best way to make sure children achieve their potential and feel good about themselves in school, in sports, and with friends!”

Eyewear

Do your children wear eyeglasses? While you may be tempted to choose their frames for them to save time, it’s not a good idea. Kids need to be a part of the process of selecting their eyewear. Frames must feel comfortable, or children will toss them to the bottom of their backpack. Just as important – kids need to be comfortable with the appearance of their eyeglasses. Styles vary, and both young children and teenagers have strong fashion preferences. Only they know the “look” they want to express socially.

With our Morrisville optical store, we make it easy for your entire family to choose the perfect designer eyewear. Our optical collection is large and diverse, with a wide array of sizes, colors and shapes. From thick, funky plastic frames to slick metals, we have a pair of eyeglasses for every kid (and adult!). Our optical staff will pleased to show you our outstanding selection. With no pressure to make a quick decision, we encourage customers to look through all their options. Our convenient eye care store will turn shopping for designer eyewear into a fun family outing. If anyone in your home needs new eyeglasses, add it to your list and visit us at Park West Village. We welcome walk-ins, and we look forward to serving you at our Morrisville Vision Center.

Why Do We Need Glasses?

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The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking for is a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the eye, changing the eye’s ability to focus light directly onto the retina.This causes blurred vision and can usually be corrected by wearing prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and possibly, alternate treatments such as vision therapy, ortho-k, LASIK or refractive surgery such as LASIK.

 

The term, “refractive error” refers to a problem with the process of refraction that is responsible for sight. Normally, light rays that enter your eye are refracted or bent through the cornea and the lens, and ultimately converge or are focused onto a single point on the retina. From the retina, messages are sent through the optic nerve to the brain which then interprets these signals into the image that we are seeing.   

 

In order for this process to work effectively, the anatomy of the eye including the length of the eye and the curvature of the cornea and the lens must be just right to be able to focus the light onto the retina. When this is not the case, a refractive error will occur.

 

There are several different types of refractive errors, depending on which part of the eye is affected, and it is possible to have multiple refractive errors at the same time:  

 

Myopia or nearsightedness:

In myopia the length of the eyeball is too long which results in light coming to a focus in front of the retina, rather than on the retina. This allows the individual to see well when objects are close but not clearly when looking at objects at a distance.

 

Hyperopia or farsightedness:

Hyperopia is when the eyeball is shorter than normal and can result in near objects being blurry. However, people experience hyperopia differently. Sometimes distant objects are clear while other times people may experience overall blurred vision near and far or no problems at all. In children particularly, the lens may accommodate for the error allowing for clear vision but may cause fatigue and sometimes crossed eyes or strabismus. Hyperopia causes eyestrain or fatigue especially when looking at near objects for a period of time. Often people with 20/20 vision may still need glasses at their desk to relax their eyes and improve concentration.

 

Astigmatism:

Astigmatism is usually the result of an irregularly shaped cornea (although it can sometimes also be due to a misshapen lens). The cornea, which is normally round, is more football-shaped in an eye with astigmatism, resulting in multiple focus points either in front of the retina or behind it (or both). People with astigmatism usually have blurred or distorted vision to some degree at all distances, near and far.

 

Presbyopia:

Presbyopia is an age-related condition which usually begins to appear sometime after 40.  As the eye begins to age, the lens stiffens and can no longer focus clearly on objects that are close.  

 

It’s important to note that presbyopia is often confused with hyperopia, as both cause problems focusing at near distances.  However, high hyperopia can also cause blur at far distances as well, especially in dim lighting, and depth perception problems can result in motor vehicle accidents.  In these instances people with hyperopia could use glasses at any distance.

If you are having trouble seeing, it is important to have an eye exam to determine the cause of the problem and to effectively correct your vision. Even if your vision is fine, you should schedule a routine eye exam on a regular basis to ensure that your eyes are healthy and that any potential problems are caught early.

 

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know which toys and games to leave off the list because they can pose a risk to children’s health and eyesight. Last year nearly 252,000 emergency visits were due to toy-related injuries, almost half of which were to the head or face. Further, about 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries treated in the emergency room can be traced back to toys, most of which occur in children under 15 years of age.

The most common types of eye injuries that occur from toys can be anything from a scratch on the cornea (the front surface of the eye) to very serious injuries that can threaten vision such as traumatic cataracts, corneal ulcers, bleeding inside the eye and retinal detachment.

Most of these injuries can be prevented by taking the proper measures to evaluate the safety of gifts before they are purchased and to supervise children during any play with toys that could have the potential to cause damage or harm.

Here are some tips on how to select safe toys for children this holiday season:

  1. Check age recommendations on all toys to make sure they are age appropriate and suitable for the child’s maturity level. If younger siblings are present, ensure that any toys made for older children are kept out of reach.
  2. When possible, check toys for a seal of approval that the product meets national safety standards from a toy safety testing organization such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the Canadian Toy Testing Council.
  3. Do not purchase toys that have a projectile or sharp, protruding parts. Toys such as darts, guns, arrows or sharp propelling toys can cause serious eye injuries that can lead to permanent eye damage and even vision loss. Even high-powered water guns such as super soakers or soft foam dart guns can cause significant damage when shot at close range.
  4. Purchase safety eyewear with polycarbonate lenses to accompany sports equipment, chemistry sets or woodworking tools. Speak to your optometrist to learn more about the best option for your child’s hobby of choice.
  5. Check that toys with sticks or handles such as swords, fishing rods, pogo sticks, brooms or pony sticks have rounded edges or handles and avoid or supervise use with little children.
  6. Any toys or devices that have a laser or bright light (such as laser pointers or flashlights which are sometimes used by kids to play laser tag) can be dangerous. Bright lights such as those produced by high-powered flashlights can cause temporary vision loss that can lead to a risk of a fall or accident. Further, laser pointers are not safe for use by children as the light intensity can cause permanent vision loss if shined in someone’s eyes.

When purchasing a toy for a child that is important to you, make sure you are considering what is most important – their safety. Ask us if you have any questions about the eye safety of a toy or gift you are considering.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? Seeing is an incredible gift made possible by a system in which the eye and the brain process visual information from the outside world. If any step of that process does not function properly, vision will be impaired.

Similar to a camera, the eye transmits light from the world around us into an image that we can perceive. Certain parts of the eye even function like the different parts of a camera such as the shutter, the lens and film (if we can hearken back to the days when we used film in cameras). Here is a quick breakdown of the fascinating way our eyes and brain enable us to see and experience the world around us:

The Vision Process

Light reflected from an object in our field of view is gathered by the cornea which is essentially the clear “window” to our eye. The cornea then refracts the light rays through the pupil (the center of the iris where light enters the eye). The iris, which like the shutter of a camera will enlarge and shrink based on how much light is coming in, then passes the image onto the crystalline lens. Just like a camera lens, the lens in the eye focuses the light rays, projecting them to a point at the back of the eye called the retina, where the image will appear upside down. The retina contains a thin layer of color-sensitive cells called rods and cones that perceive color.

From the retina, the visual signals travel to the brain via the optic nerve. The brain receives information from both eyes and must then converge the images (and flip them right side up) to get a complete picture.

Vision Problems

A breakdown in vision can happen at any point in this process. From the muscles that control the eyes, to the parts within the eye, to the pathway to the brain. Sometimes vision impairment is due to technical problems with the eye receiving the information and passing the signal on, such as convergence insufficiency (inability to coordinate the eyes to converge on one point), myopia (nearsightedness) or cataracts (clouding of the lens).

Other times, the eyes might work perfectly, but there is a problem with the brain interpreting the signals it receives. In these cases we can’t “see” in the traditional sense, because our brains aren’t able to properly “read’ the signals or we don’t know what we are looking at. This is the case for some learning disorders that are caused by the visual processes in the brain such as dyslexia.

As you can see, vision is quite a complicated process. A simple vision exam isn’t always able to determine vision problems, especially in children which is why it is so important to have regular comprehensive eye exams, to measure the health of the eye and all of its parts.

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

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It’s true. Diabetics have a higher risk of blindness than those without the disease. That fact coupled with the superior prognosis of early intervention, makes it easy to understand why optometrists and doctors say routine eye care is absolutely essential. Below, we’ll discuss what your eye doctor is looking for during a diabetic eye exam.  

As the incidence of diabetes increases, it is important to spread awareness about the risks and proper preventative care for diabetes patients. November is Diabetes Awareness month, so read on!

Diabetics are at greater risk of for a number of eye problems.  

Diabetic Retinopathy:

Diabetic retinopathy is the term used for the disorders associated with diabetes that cause progressive damage to the retina.  The longer a patient has had diabetes, the more likely it is that he will develop these conditions which can be very serious, vision-threatening complications. 

There are two types of retinopathy: nonproliferative and proliferative. 

Nonproliferative retinopathy, which is the most common form, is when capillaries at the back of the eye become weakened and may start to leak blood and fluids. Nonproliferative retinopathy, which often has no symptoms, can be characterized as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how many blood vessels are affected and becoming blocked. This type of retinopathy usually doesn’t require treatment and doesn’t cause vision loss, unless the leaking fluid ends up in the macula where the eye focuses – a condition called macular edema. If this happens, vision can be blurred and even lost so preventative treatment is essential.  

Proliferative retinopathy is much more severe. This is when so much damage is done to the blood vessels that they begin to close off. New blood vessels begin to grow in the retina as a response to this deterioration. The new and weak vessels can leak blood, impairing vision, or can form scar tissue which can distort the retina or cause a retinal detachment.

Proliferative retinopathy requires urgent referral to an ophthalmologist for treatment. While it usually takes years to develop, some instances of proliferative retinopathy can occur within weeks or months if blood sugars are not well-controlled. Pregnancy can also accelerate proliferative retinopathy in known diabetics. Yet if detected early, treatment can be done successfully. 

Like high blood pressure, there are often no warning symptoms until advanced stages of diabetes. It is best to get checked each year by an optometrist. If you experience any changes in your vision such as spots in vision, flashes of light, blurred or double vision (rarely pain), make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Treatments do exists for retinopathy and many of them are successful in repairing damage and sometimes even restoring vision.

Cataracts: 

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye which blocks light from entering and impairs vision. While cataracts are a fairly common and treatable condition, people with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop the condition and often get them at a younger age. Those with the condition also may experience vision fluctuation which occurs from sugar levels affecting the lens of the eye. Cataracts often progress faster in diabetics as well. In serious cases of cataracts, a surgical procedure is done to remove the natural lens of the eye which can sometimes cause complications in diabetic patients that may already have symptoms of other conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.

Glaucoma:

Glaucoma is a serious condition where pressure builds up in the eye causing damage to the retina and optic nerve and eventually if left untreated, blindness.  Diabetics are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma and the risk increases with age and the amount of time the individual has had diabetes. There are treatments for glaucoma including medications and surgery but early detection and treatment are essential to prevent permanent vision loss. Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because vision loss often doesn’t occur until significant damage is done. Therefore, yearly eye exams are essential. 

Cornea Alterations:

Diabetics may experience reduced sensitivity in their cornea. This means that contact lens wearers that are diabetics should be more cautious, as they develop higher tolerance if the lens irritates the eyes and may be at greater risk of infection. 

Eye Muscle Disturbance:

More advanced diabetes cases can show restriction of eye muscle movement due to nerve palsy. 

 

For diabetics, the key to early detection and treatment – and therefore preserving your vision – is to have your eye health monitored on a regular basis. Get your eyes examined every year by an optometrist and if you experience any changes in your vision such as spots, floaters, blurred vision or pain, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately.