Diabetes and Contacts

Wellington Eye Care Discusses Diabetes and Contacts

Regular eye exams are an important part of your general healthcare. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, vision and eye care is even more important, because of the effects of the disease. Wellington Eye Care in Wellington, CO, provides intensive monitoring and diabetic eye care for our patients with diabetes.

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Diabetes and Eye Health

Individuals with diabetes must take special care of their eyes and vision. Diabetes leads to a buildup of glucose in the bloodstream can damage the delicate blood vessels that bring blood to the eyes. This can lead to leakage of fluid and detachment of the retina, an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment. Many people with diabetes develop dry eyes problems, due to the changes in the chemistry of tears.

Contact Lenses and Diabetes

Wearing contact lenses can be difficult for some individuals with diabetes, because of the increased risk for corneal abrasion. Diabetes can interfere with the normal healing of these abrasions. Diabetes also causes changes in the quality and quantity of tears that moisten the eyes. A gritty, uncomfortable feeling can result that makes wearing lenses more difficult. Some types of contact lenses may work better for you than others. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on the best type for your individual needs.

Extra Care Needed for Diabetics Who Wear Contact Lenses

If you have diabetes, your eye doctor serving Fort Collins and Wellington will recommend you have more frequent eye exams to help protect your vision. If you prefer to wear contact lenses for vision correction, you will have to manage your blood sugar levels conscientiously. During your regular visits, your Wellington optometrist will carefully monitor your eyes for any changes in eye structures or signs of leakage that indicate diabetic retinopathy. The doctor will also check your eyes for excessive dryness that can occur with diabetes and which may affect your ability to wear contact lenses.

Make Wellington Eye Care Your Eye Doctor for Diabetic Eye Care

Dr. Eklund uses his extensive training in optometry to help patients in Fort Collins, Wellington, CO, and surrounding communities achieve better vision and eye health. We offer many optical services, including comprehensive exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, emergency eye care and management of eye diseases. Call Wellington Eye Care today at (970) 568-7161 for an appointment to have your eyes checked regularly and to learn about care of contact lenses for individuals with diabetes.

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