Westside Optometry
Newsletter for November 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 41

“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This issue of the Westside Optometry newsletter is dedicated to diabetes. This prevalent disease
 affects the whole body, including the eyes. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20 – 74 years.
Continue reading to learn more about diabetes and the eyes.
Karen Griffith
(707)762-8643
drgriffith@westsideoptometry.net
Westside Optometry


What Does Diabetes Mean for Your Eyes?
 
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With vigilant and regular eye examinations, you can reduce the risk of diabetic eye disease. Diabetes may cause your vision to “fluctuate” making your vision clear during parts of your day and blurry at other times. Diabetes may also cause premature development of cataracts or clouding of the lens. The most significant damage caused by diabetes is the damage to the retina. This includes bleeding, swelling and abnormal blood vessel growth. No one should lose vision to diabetes with close monitoring.and careful blood sugar control.

Diabetes Facts
Diabetes has become one of the most prevalent diseases in industrialized nations. Diabetes is a condition in which a person has chronically high levels of sugar in the blood. Often called the “silent killer” because symptoms can appear in the later stages of the disease.
There are many ways diabetes can damage the eyes, including the following:
Blurry or Double Vision, Diabetic Retinopathy,
Cataracts, and Glaucoma.

Scheduling regular eye exams can help detect diabetes-related eye diseases before they cause irreversible damage.
Exercise, a healthy diet and keeping glucose levels and blood pressure controlled can also help control eye problems.

Optical Lab Tour
Peg, Nannette and Hillary visited one of our optical laboratories a couple of weeks ago. They observed the whole process of selecting lens blanks, grinding power, edging lenses, coating lenses, tinting lenses, verifying power, and mounting the finished lens into the frame.
Fast Facts
Regular eye exams can help detect diabetes-related eye diseases before they cause permanent damage.
Exercise, a healthy diet and keeping glucose levels and blood pressure in check can help you control eye problems.
Early diagnosis of diabetes and prompt treatment of diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma are essential.
 You can make your appointment online.
Dr. Karen Griffith
Dr. Karen Griffith is the primary optometrist and owner of Westside Optometry. She has been in practice since 1988.
Westside Optometry is located at 320 Petaluma Blvd. South
in Petaluma.
 (707) 762-8643