Diabetic & Aging Eyecare
As individuals age and/or diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to know how your vision will be impacted. Novus Clinic, located in Akron, provides treatments for all types of diabetic eye problems.
What You Need To Know
Patients whom have been diagnosed with diabetes should have an annual eye exam. High blood sugar levels can affect your retina and macula, leading to vision loss. This is called diabetic retinopathy. In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy often has no symptoms. But as it gets worse, eye damage from diabetes leads to vision loss. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy may include medication, eye injections and surgery.
Dr. Donald Stephens, a fellowship-trained and board-certified retinal surgeon, treats all types of diabetic eye problems using the most advanced methods.
Vision Loss is Largely Preventable
Patients with diabetes need to know that today with improved methods of diagnosis and treatment, a smaller percentage of people whom develop retinopathy have serious vision problems. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is the best protection against loss of vision.
Patients can significantly lower their risk of vision loss by maintaining strict control of blood sugar and visiting their eye care provider every year.
Pregnant women with diabetes should schedule an appointment in their first trimester because retinopathy can progress quickly during pregnancy.
Newly diagnosed diabetic patients over 30 should have an exam within a few months of diagnosis.
Are You Experiencing Changes?
Patients should have their vision checked promptly if experiencing any of these changes:
- A change affecting either one or both eyes
- That last more than a few days
- That are not associated with change in blood sugar
*Diabetic Eye Exams are covered under the patient’s major medical insurance every calendar year; pending patients’, copays, co-insurance and/or deductibles. Patients need to understand that diabetes is a medical diagnosis; therefore, care under that diagnosis is going to be billable to the major insurance carrier.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of lethal blindness among Americans over the age of 65. Recently, Medicare and FDA have proved new therapies that not only stop the progression of the wet form of macular degeneration, but in many cases actually improve vision. Dr. Donald Stephens, our fellowship-trained and board-certified retinal surgeon, offers all advanced therapies for the treatment of macular degeneration. If you or a loved one is suffering from macular degeneration or have a sudden change in vision, please call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephens in Akron at your earliest convenience.
If you have any diabetic eye problems and are having problems with your vision, or you need your annual dilated eye exam, please call us today at Novus Clinic in Akron.