Defeat Diabetes Eye Problems with Annual Exams

exam ponsulakDo you have Diabetes? Then you are at a higher risk for eye problems. April is Defeat Diabetes Month. While scientists are still working to defeat diabetes, if you live in the Triangle, Raleigh and Durham residents can defeat future eye problems by taking care now and visiting Park Ophthalmology.

How Diabetes Affects Eyes
High blood glucose and high blood pressure from diabetes can hurt different parts of your eye, but retina damage is the most common problem Dr. Beth Friedland and her team can often encounter. The trouble is that it occurs slowly and most people don’t notice it until checked by the Ophthalmologist. Sometimes it can be discovered too late.

Your retinas have tiny blood vessels that can damage easily, especially if the patient has a history of high blood glucose or high blood pressure for a long period of time. The blood vessels will swell and weaken and may even become clogged. At first, a patient might not experience any sight problems, but as diabetes retina problems worsen, newer, weaker blood vessels grow and can break and leak blood into the eye. In addition, swollen and weak blood vessels can form scar tissue, possibly pulling the retina away from the eye.

Prevention is the Cure

Those with diabetes are also at higher risk for two other eye problems, cataracts and glaucoma. The good news is that you can prevent these problems by managing your health:

  • Keep your blood sugar levels under control. Good blood sugar will ensure your blood vessels stay strong and healthy.
  • Control high blood pressure, which can make any eye problems worse.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Visit your ophthalmologist at least once per year for a dilated eye exam. Opticians who only check your prescription cannot check your eyes for problems, and having your regular doctor look at your eyes is not enough for complete assessment.

Call Park Ophthalmology at 919 544 5375 as soon as possible if you have any of the following problems:

  • blurry vision
  • trouble reading signs or books
  • seeing double
  • eye pain
  • red eyes that stay red
  • strong eye pressure
  • spots or floaters
  • inability to see things out of the corner of the eyes

We hope to see you at Park Ophthalmology for your regular eye exam each year. Your eyes are too important not to have the best team in the Triangle assess your sight and your health! We can help manage eye problems related to diabetes. Make your appointment soon. We are the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

Photo: Ponsulak, freedigitalphotos.net

 

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6 Tips For Eye and Makeup Safety

stuart miles eyesAll across the Triangle, from Raleigh and Durham, women everywhere use makeup, bronzer, highlighter, eyeliner, blush and a variety of other cosmetics to enhance the look of their eyes, lashes, brows and appearance. While most cosmetics are safe to use, there are a few aspects of makeup use that can cause serious concern and possible damage.

Here are six tips for keeping your eyes gorgeous and healthy:

  • Keep things clean: Eye makeup is clean and safe when first purchased, but old applicators may grow fungi or bacteria that can end up in your makeup or possibly in your eyes causing serious infections. Some infections can even lead to the blindness in the worst cases. Clean your brushes regularly and change your applicators and makeup every three to six months.
  • Don’t share: It may seem fun to share favorite eye colors and assorted cosmetics with a friend, but someone else’s germs may not be good for you. Also watch out for the “tester” products in the retail store cosmetic departments. These stores should be using single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs, if they put makeup on you.
  • Steady hands: Even if you’re not driving, it’s best to avoid applying makeup in the car or on a bus. If you hit a bump at the wrong time, you can scratch your eye or get makeup in it, which can result in serious issues.
  • Check the label: All eye cosmetics are required to list their ingredients on the package. If there is no such label found on the product, it is considered misbranded and illegal. (Some small packages may have the ingredient list on a tear-off sheet with the display.)
  • Never use kohl: Found in some parts of the world, kohl is not approved for use in the United States. Also known as al-kahl, surma or kajal, it contains antimony or lead, which is dangerous and can cause lead poisoning in children. Note: some products may be called “kohl” to indicate color so check labels.
  • Do not use dye: Permanent eyelash and eyebrow dyes can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. The FDA has not approved any dyes for this use.

If you have a bad reaction to eye cosmetics or cleansing products, call Dr. Beth Friedland, your Triangle Eye Specialist at Park Ophthalmology. You can also report the problem to the FDA.

Being careful in every circumstance, and you will protect your eyes and keep them looking good no matter the occasion.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit:stuart miles, freedigitalphotos.net

Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology

6 Tips for Eye Make Up Safety

stuart miles eyesAll across the Triangle, from Raleigh and Durham, women everywhere use makeup, bronzer, highlighter, eyeliner, blush and a variety of other cosmetics to enhance the look of their eyes, lashes, brows and appearance. While most cosmetics are safe to use, there are a few aspects of makeup use that can cause serious concern and possible damage.

Here are six tips for keeping your eyes gorgeous and healthy:

  • Keep things clean: Eye makeup is clean and safe when first purchased, but old applicators may grow fungi or bacteria that can end up in your makeup or possibly in your eyes causing serious infections. Some infections can even lead to the blindness in the worst cases. Clean your brushes regularly and change your applicators and makeup every three to six months.
    • Don’t share: It may seem fun to share favorite eye colors and assorted cosmetics with a friend, but someone else’s germs may not be good for you. Also watch out for the “tester” products in the retail store cosmetic departments. These stores should be using single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs, if they put makeup on you.
  • Steady hands: Even if you’re not driving, it’s best to avoid applying makeup in the car or on a bus. If you hit a bump at the wrong time, you can scratch your eye or get makeup in it, which can result in serious issues.
  • Check the label: All eye cosmetics are required to list their ingredients on the package. If there is no such label found on the product, it is considered misbranded and illegal. (Some small packages may have the ingredient list on a tear-off sheet with the display.)
  • Never use kohl: Found in some parts of the world, kohl is not approved for use in the United States. Also known as al-kahl, surma or kajal, it contains antimony or lead, which is dangerous and can cause lead poisoning in children. Note: some products may be called “kohl” to indicate color so check labels.
  • Do not use dye: Permanent eyelash and eyebrow dyes can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. The FDA has not approved any dyes for this use.

If you have a bad reaction to eye cosmetics or cleansing products, call your Park Ophthalmology doctor. You can also report the problem to the FDA.

Being careful in every circumstance and you will protect your eyes and will keep them looking good no matter the occasion.

**

Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit:

Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology