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. 

Diabetes in the Eye

What is diabetic eye disease? Diabetic eye disease can affect the retina, macula, lens and the optic nerve. Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause ofContinue reading “Diabetes in the Eye”

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”

When Diabetes Shows Up In Your Eyes

by Dr. Yvonne Alomia Did you know that diabetes can first show up in the eye?    I recently saw a young patient who was unaware of his diabetes until he had his first eye examination. Diabetic retinopathy affects those with diabetes andcauses progressive damage to the back of the eye.  It can cause permanent visionContinue reading “When Diabetes Shows Up In Your Eyes”

What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean

By Dr. Yvonne Alomia Recently, I saw a 16 year old girl for a routine eye examination.  Last exam had been 2-3 years ago.   Her medical history was negative for everything.  Picture of her right eye’s retina is above.   Blood work by primary care physician shows she has HIGH LIVER ENZYMES but they don’tContinue reading “What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean”