Myth: “A calorie is a calorie”

You may have heard that “a calorie is a calorie.”  But studies have debunked this myth.  The quality of your calories counts!    200 calories of broccoli vs 200 calories of refined sugars elevates your blood glucose differently.   A recent study gave young children different amounts of high fructose corn syrup, but the same numberContinue reading “Myth: “A calorie is a calorie””

Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension

Retinal vein occlusions  are the second most common type of retinal vascular disorder secondary to diabetes.  They can occur at almost any age (although typically in middle to later years – most in those aged over 65 years) and their severity ranges from asymptomatic to a painful eye with severe visual loss.  

When diabetes affects your eyes

What is diabetic eye disease? Diabetic eye disease can affect many parts of the eye, including the retina, macula, lens and the optic nerve. Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the primary causeContinue reading “When diabetes affects your eyes”

When you need blood work

Did you know that the retina receives its nourishment through many blood vessels?    When there’s damage to these blood vessels, we call this retinopathy.   Often, retinopathy occurs due to systemic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension.   Blood work confirms this.   Retinopathy lesions are commonly seen in middle aged and elderly people without diabetes. Ocular conditionsContinue reading “When you need blood work”

Bleeding in your eye

Bleeding inside your eye can indicate an underlying systemic condition!   Blood work-up is necessary, as well as a consult with your primary care physician. 

Diabetic Eye Examinations

If you have diabetes, a dilated eye exam is recommended! Diabetic retinopathy is an eye complication of uncontrolled diabetes.  It’s caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina).  Diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems.  But if the retinopathy is notContinue reading “Diabetic Eye Examinations”