Monday, May 19, 2014

Eye problems and diabetes

eye problems and diabetes

With the rising obesity rate in the United States, more and more Americans are becoming diabetic. A person can have diabetes and not even realize it. While blood sugar testing at the primary care physician is the best method for diagnosis, signs can be found during an annual eye exam.

As a diabetic's blood sugar rises and fluctuates, we may see large and frequent changes in their spectacle prescription. Changes to the retina are seen with prolonged unstable blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy can cause bleeding, oxygen deprivation, and fluid leakage in the retina. These can all be very harmful to the retina and—if left untreated—can result in blindness.

Everyone should have an annual physical to have their blood sugar tested and an annual eye exam. to have a dilated retinal evaluation. Diagnosing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy early can lead to much better prognosis with the disease and its effects on the eyes.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We've provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

Monday, May 5, 2014

What is Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy?

Fuch's endothelial dystrophy

Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy is a genetic condition that affects the back layer of cells on the cornea called the endothelium. When a person has Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy, small proteins called guttae begin to form on the endothelium, and the proteins interrupt endothelial cell function. Endothelial cells are responsible for regulating the amount of fluid in the cornea and maintaining crisp vision.  As guttae progress, they lead to decreased vision, light sensitivity and pain from the resulting swelling and small blisters that may develop on the cornea.  Luckily guttae may be detected early during a comprehensive eye exam and may be closely monitored by specialized testing, such as with a specular microscope.



From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We've provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*