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How Does Diabetes Cause Vision Loss?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to use and produce insulin to control blood glucose levels. We wonder how many readers are aware that diabetes can affect your heart, kidneys, legs, nerves, and even your gums and teeth. In addition, this disease affects your vision if you’re not keeping blood sugar levels in check. Today we deal with one issue. How does diabetes cause vision loss?

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A Guide to the What, Why, and When of Diabetic Eye Examinations

Diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are abnormally high because the body is unable to create or respond to insulin resulting in excess sugar in the bloodstream. Someone with diabetes has a 20x higher risk of suffering from vision loss. If you have diabetes or live with someone who has it, you may want to familiarize yourself with a guide to the what, why, and when of diabetic eye examinations.

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Am I a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

Am I a candidate for LASIK surgery? We hear this question every day, all day. Sadly, not everyone is a good candidate for this amazing procedure, and we won’t perform the surgery unless you are. That’s why we have a free comprehensive exam to find out if you and your eyes are healthy enough to have LASIK surgery safely and effectively. Keep reading to discover the qualifications.

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What Are the Signs That Diabetes Is Affecting Your Eyes?

Diabetes is a health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. 37 million Americans have diabetes and another 96 million have pre-diabetes, and in the last two decades the number of adults newly diagnosed with diabetes has doubled. This disease affects many systems in our bodies, and one of the most well-known effects is what it can do to your vision. The longer you have diabetes, the more serious the effects. What are the signs that diabetes is affecting your eyes?

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What to Ask Your Provider About Cataract Surgery

You have been having some trouble reading lately and driving at night is becoming more difficult. Nothing seems to be as colorful as it used to be. Your eye doctor finally tells you that cataracts are the problem, and you need to have them removed to improve your vision. Surgery on your eyes seems frightening even though you’re aware it’s a very common procedure. You may be able to relieve any anxiety by knowing what to ask your provider about cataract surgery.

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Understanding the Four Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive disease that can lead to irreversible vision loss if not treated. If you are a diabetic, we hope that message gets your attention. Most people are not even aware they have it until the final stage of the disease. However, an ophthalmologist can diagnose diabetic retinopathy in its early stages before any symptoms appear and protect your vision. Let us help you understand the four stages of diabetic retinopathy.

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7 Signs You Have Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Getting older has some benefits, problematic health issues, and it’s inevitable. One of those problematic health issues is age-related macular degeneration, and 10 million Americans suffer from its consequences. It is the leading cause of vision loss, and more adults have it than have glaucoma and cataracts combined. If you are over 60 years old, pay attention to these 7 signs you have age-related macular degeneration.

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LASIK Eye Surgery: What to Expect

Most LASIK patients are surprised at how fast their vision improves after having LASIK eye surgery. For many the very next day their vision is remarkably better. Many patients even drive themselves to their first follow-up appointment the next day, and they are so excited that they can read the signs along the way. Sounds good, we know. The rest of the story is the healing part. LASIK eye surgery: what to expect.

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Does Wearing Sunglasses Really Protect Your Eyes?

We all have our favorite pair of sunglasses, and mostly we like how we look in them. That’s fine as long as they have UV protection to safeguard our eyes from the sun. No matter the season, we all need to have sunglasses that provide the right protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Does wearing sunglasses really protect your eyes? The answer is a resounding yes, we will explain how and why.

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