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PATIENT EDUCATION



CURRENT TOPICS IN EYE CARE

GLAUCOMA

 
 
Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the pathway that caries the images that we see to our brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can destroy the optic nerve and lead to blindness.
Glaucoma can affect anyone. But some factors that can increase a person's risk of glaucoma include: Increased Age, African American ethnicity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Family History, Nearsightedness, Long Term Steroid Therapy, and Injury to the Eye.
With proper medical care from an ophthalmologist, glaucoma may be treated and controlled. Since most people with glaucoma may experience no noticeable symptoms, an eye examination for glaucoma and specialized testing is the most important thing you can do to help prevent loss of vision from this disease. Call our office today and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Esters so that you can discuss your vision health.
 

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

 
 
If you have diabetes mellitus, you should know that high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina – the nerve layer at the back of the eye that senses light and helps to send images to the brain. The damage to retinal vessels is referred to as diabetic retinopathy.
There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).
NPDR, also known as background retinopathy, is an early stage of diabetic retinopathy. In this stage, tiny blood vessels within the retina leak blood or fluid. The leaking fluid causes the retina to swell or to form deposits called exudates.
PDR is present when abnormal new vessels ... Read more