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    Treating Diabetic Eye Disease

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Diabetic side effects can often impact the eyes. With the help of an ophthalmologist, though, individuals with diabetes can retain healthy vision for decades. This video discusses the ocular issues that diabetes can cause and ways that ophthalmology experts can address them.

    This condition frequently facilitates the occurrence of retinopathy, which affects the retina, and cataracts, which impact the eye lens. Because both problems may present before a sufferer feels their effects, routine eye checkups are recommended. In the event that either condition is detected, an ophthalmologist can administer medication, injections, or surgery to alleviate complications.

    Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago offers comprehensive eye care for diabetic patients. To schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist at our Hoffman Estates office, call (847) 388-0309 today.

    An Overview of Diabetic Eye Disease

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Diabetes can facilitate the development of other health issues, such as hypertension, neuropathy, and even periodontal disease. It can also negatively affect a person’s vision. In fact, ophthalmology experts refer to these diabetic-related eyesight problems as diabetic eye disease. Diabetes may be a chronic problem, but individuals who have it can protect their vision with consistent prevention and early treatment measures.

    What Conditions It Can Cause

    A person with diabetes is at a higher risk for multiple eye problems, including cataracts. Cataracts are a condition that affects the lenses of the eyes. Normal, healthy lenses are completely transparent. When afflicted with cataracts, the lenses become cloudy from protein buildup. Diabetes may also influence the development of glaucoma, which damages the optic nerve. A diabetic individual can also suffer from diabetic retinopathy. This is the most frequent side effect of this condition. When it occurs, blood vessels damaged from imbalanced blood sugar levels can seep blood.

    How It Affects Eyesight

    Each of the issues that diabetic eye disease can cause may permanently affect a person’s vision. Both glaucoma and retinopathy are progressive conditions. Without professional medical treatment, extensive damage to either the optic nerve or retina can eventually turn into blindness. While cataract surgery can correct the complications of this problem, it can diminish a person’s eyesight for months or years until they seek treatment for it.

    When to See an Ophthalmologist

    Ophthalmologists stress the importance of getting regular eye exams upon receiving a diabetes diagnosis. In many cases, diabetic eye disease can cause significant damage prior to a person noticing that his vision is diminished. The sooner that an ophthalmologist can halt the effects of diabetic eye disease, the longer that the patient can enjoy healthy vision.

    Have you recently received a diabetes diagnosis? Let Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago help you care for your vision needs. Our staff of ophthalmology specialists caters to residents in the Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Hoffman Estates communities. Call (847) 388-0309 today to schedule a consultation.

    Causes of Blepharitis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Blepharitis is a contagious disorder of the eye that causes inflammation of the eyelids, leading to redness, itchiness, and soreness. Patients with blepharitis may also have dryness and flaky skin on the eyelids, which may add to the discomfort of this condition. If left untreated, blepharitis can be the cause of permanent vision loss.

    There are several potential causes for blepharitis, and many of them can be prevented with proper skin and hair care. Anterior blepharitis is the result of bacteria found in dandruff of the scalp that has spread to the eyebrows or eyelashes. Posterior blepharitis occurs when oil production is out of balance due to rosacea, poor skincare, or unmanaged dandruff.

    If you have noticed symptoms of blepharitis, it is important to seek treatment right away. With Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago, you can find excellent eye care with the latest technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of common eye conditions. To learn more about us, visit our website or call us at (847) 388-0309. 

    Preventing and Treating Cataracts

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Cataracts can cause significant changes in your vision, because they are formed from clouding in the lens of the eye. As cataracts grow, they will cause worsening blurriness and halos around light sources. While cataracts are a common part of the aging process, they can be prevented by adopting a few healthy habits.

    As this video explains, avoiding sun exposure and eating a healthy diet are two valuable steps in the prevention of cataracts. To treat cataracts, you may need laser eye surgery to avoid frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.

    If you have noticed the telltale symptoms of cataracts, visit Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago. You can schedule an eye exam with us on our website or by calling (847) 388-0309. 

    Foods That Can Help Improve Your Eyesight

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The foods you eat have a direct effect on the health of your eyes, and some foods may even help improve the quality of your vision if you eat them often enough. As you cut out unhealthy, processed foods, you should eat more of the foods listed below to improve your eyesight and prevent diseases that may compromise the quality of your vision.


    Carrots are well-known as eye-healthy foods because they are high in the antioxidant beta-carotene. This nutrient is naturally converted by the body to vitamin A, which promotes eye and skin health as well as your immune health. If you are not a big fan of carrots, you can get your daily dose of beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.

    Green veggies

    Vegetables that are dark green in color are almost always packed with valuable nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and vitamin A. Therefore, you might include more foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and spinach in your diet if you are concerned about your eye health.

    Omega-3 fatty acids

    Omega-3 fatty acids are well-known for their heart health benefits, but they are also great for your eyes. Regular consumption of omega-3s in foods such as salmon, walnuts, and olive oil will help to prevent macular degeneration, which can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

    Lean meats

    If you love red meat, you might need to include other sources of animal protein in your diet to get more nutrition with less fat. Poultry like turkey and chicken can satiate your craving for meat while providing nutrients like zinc without the artery-clogging fat of beef.

    For more tips on maintaining your eye health along with the latest technology in vision correction, visit Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago. You can reach us for appointments by visiting our website or by calling us at (847) 388-0309.

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