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Diabetes and your eyes

Friday, January 4, 2019

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’ve likely been told that you need to get your eyes checked yearly. Have you wondered why your family doctor is telling you that you need to see your optometrist to help monitor your diabetes? The short answer is that in an eye exam, your optometrist can see if there’s been any damage to your blood vessels. It’s not easy to see active blood vessels (in fact, your eyes are the only place on your body…

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Five ways your glasses prescription can change rapidly

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Diabetes This is probably the most common cause of temporary prescription changes.  In general, if a patient has high blood sugars, they will experience a myopic shift (become more nearsighted).  When their blood sugars stabilize, I will see the opposite change, there will be a hyperopic shift (become more farsighted).  Both of these shifts will normalize.  The time it takes depends on how quickly we can get the blood sugars back to normal.  I usually wait until a patients HbA1c levels (anyone who is diabetic…

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