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Dr Mitchell graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and is a former faculty member.
Dr. Mitchell is the former Director of Eye Disease at UC Berkeley and the former Director of Eye Care for Kaiser-Permanente in San Francisco. We provide state-of-the-art...continue
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A few weeks ago, I gave a talk down in Phoenix at the new Optometry School at Midwestern University. It was about diabetes and the eye and how to improve our care of the eye problems that come along with diabetes. Yep, diabetes can cause major eye problems since it's the number one cause of preventable blindness in the United States.
I always see numerous patients that have diabetes, particularly since we eye doctors have been pretty effective at making sure that primary care providers taking care of patients with diabetes send us their patients. We need to see anyone with diabetes at least once a year for a dilated exam so that we can take care of any changes early.
But, I also always see numerous patients that for one reason or another don't effectively control their diabetes and their blood sugar levels. In some cases, it's not the person's fault-they just have hard to control diabetes. But, in most cases, the blood sugar is not under control because the patient does not take the disease seriously.
I know it's hard, but I also have seen the results of poorly controlled diabetes: blindness, amputation, heart attack, stroke and more. We doctors are truly here to help, but we're not with you at the dinner table, and can't be there every minute to help you to remember to exercise. But, diabetics need to have an excellent diet and an excellent exercise program to prevent bad things from happening.
If you or someone you know has diabetes, make sure they come in for their eye evaluation at least once a year, and talk to their doctor or diabetes education to create a plan for diet and exercise. It's critical.