Diabetes is known as a condition that affects your blood sugar levels, potentially affecting many body systems, including your eyes. If you have diabetes, or are at risk of developing the condition, it’s important to monitor your vision for any changes, as diabetes can lead to several eye conditions that may result in both pain and vision loss.
Here are some eye conditions that are associated with diabetes:
Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eye, causing leaking or blockages. This can damage to the retina, leading to vision loss. Once discovered, there are several treatment options, although good management of your diabetes can make a significant difference in the severity of the condition. Laser surgery can treat the blood vessels in your eye and other surgical options exist for more advanced retinopathy.
A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s lens and can occur in people who don’t have diabetes, though it may develop earlier in diabetics. Surgical treatment can clear up the lens or replace it with a human-made, plastic version.
Glaucoma is a serious medical condition that cause the build-up of fluid in your eyes. When this happens, you may experience intense pain and may be at risk of losing your eyesight. Some types of glaucoma are relatively symptom-free until they’ve progressed to a point where you may lose vision, making early detection very important. Glaucoma can be treated through medication and surgery: Many eye doctors routinely screen for it as part of eye exams, but you should ask just to make sure that your doctor is checking you for the condition.
Changes in blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision. This typically goes away once you’ve got your blood sugar under control, though it may take a few months for your eyesight to get back to normal. If you do notice that you’re having trouble seeing things, be sure to get your eyes checked. While the problem may be something as simple as astigmatism or presbyopia, blurred vision has more serious causes, including diabetes, so it’s important to get a medical evaluation.
There does appear to be a connection between good management of diabetes and the severity of the many conditions that often accompany it. While eating right and monitoring your blood sugar won’t absolutely prevent eye problems or other medical issues, they can help delay the onset of complications and minimize the severity of co-morbid conditions. If you have diabetes, it’s important that you talk to your doctor about any vision problems that you may be experiencing. It is also a good idea to get regular eye exams, which can identify eye problems in their earliest stages so that they can be treated effectively. Your eye doctor can put you on an exam schedule that meets your needs.
Wednesday, December, 4 2013 by Lainie Petersen
I started wearing glasses a couple of months ago and while I appreciate having better vision and no longer suffering from eye strain headaches, I’m also finding myself occasionally running around my apartment wailing “Where are my glasses?”
It can be annoying.
Of course, I’m not alone in this. I remember my mother and grandparents periodically losing their glasses over the years and the mad dash as we all tried to find them. Now it’s my turn to lose my specs, so I’ve been pumping folks for tips on how to avoid the hassles of mislaid eyewear.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Wear Your Glasses
Obviously the easiest way to avoid losing your glasses is to keep them on your face. But if you wear readers, or sometimes prefer to work and live without your glasses, you can still keep them on your body by either pushing them to the top of your head, hanging them on your collar, dangling them from a neck chain or keeping them in a breast pocket. Make doing these things a habit and you’ll cut down on the chances of stashing your glasses in some strange place that you’ll never think to check.
A Word About Readers:
I suspect that reading glasses go missing more than other types of spectacles, simply because we are constantly taking them off, then putting them back on, during the day. Talk to your eye doctor about the possibility of getting bifocals or progressives. You can keep these glasses on all the time, reducing opportunities for misplacing them.
If wearing your glasses on your body doesn’t work for you, establish some places around your home for storing your glasses. One way to do this is to buy several different eyeglass cases and then putting them in safe places in the rooms that you visit most. For example, you could put one glass case in the top drawer of your home office desk, another on a small shelf in the kitchen and a third in your basement workshop cabinet. If you need to take your glasses off in these rooms, put them in these cases and nowhere else.
Purses and Backpacks
Hunting for glasses in a full backpack or purse, particularly when you can’t see what you are doing, is never any fun. Choose purses and backpacks that have special pockets large enough to accommodate your glasses and only use these pockets when carrying your glasses around.
Few things are worse than losing your glasses while traveling, so it’s important to keep your glasses nearby while you are on the road or in the air. Don’t ever keep your glasses in the seat pocket on an airplane: You are sure to forget them there. Even if you aren’t fond of wearing your glasses on a neck cord, it is probably best to use one while on the plane. This keeps your glasses handy and you won’t have to constantly be taking your purse or briefcase out from storage or under the seat ahead of you to store or retrieve them.
Make sure you have access to information about your eyeglass prescription in case you need to replace them while you are out of town.
In Your Car
Some companies sell eyeglass cases that clip to your sun visor. These not only keep your glasses handy and in a familiar place, but it makes it very easy for you to switch between regular and sunglasses when driving.
Keep a Spare Pair
Despite your best efforts, there is still the possibility that you’ll end up losing your glasses at some point. Keeping an extra pair or two around can be a lifesaver, particularly if you have significant vision problems.
Tuesday, December, 3 2013 by Lainie Petersen
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the serious holiday travel season. Whether going to visit relatives for a week, making the trek home after Thanksgiving only to turn around for another trip in a few weeks, or planning a longer vacation somewhere exciting, if you use corrective eye wear, you need to account for your glasses.
Most importantly, bring a backup pair and a glasses case for each. You don’t have to worry about finding a suitable replacement if you lose or break your primary pair as long as you have a backup. And if you are going somewhere sunny, either plan for contacts, or get an affordable pair of prescription sunglasses such as one of the many affordable options we offer.
A classes case for each pair makes packing easier and protects your glasses from damage. Just throw your extra pair in your carry on and you don’t have to worry about anything breaking. If you’re taking a long trip out of the United States, you might even want to bring a second backup in your checked bags, so don’t forget the case for that pair either. A microfiber glasses cloth is especially nice on long trips.
Some people prefer contacts for trips because as long as you can keep your hands sanitary enough for removing them before sleep, they reduce the chances of losing or breaking your essential eye wear. They make a good backup, but you have to deal with cleaning solution or purchase expensive disposables. With just a bit of caution and planning, you can bring the right extra pairs of glasses and protective cases to ensure you can enjoy all the beauty that any trip offers.
Friday, November, 29 2013 by Dave Schreiner
As the year closes, many people in the United States, Canada and around the world pause for a day to give thanks for their blessings over the previous year. This holiday is called Thanksgiving, and is typically celebrated with family meals, football and preparation for the December gift giving holidays.
Origins of Thanksgiving in the United States
After the English Reformation, Puritans became uncomfortable with celebrating traditional Christian holidays, instead preferring to acknowledge fast days as well as days of thanksgiving. Its celebration in the New World started sometime in the mid 1600s, though historical accounts are sketchy and it wasn’t until 1789 that George Washington made it a national holiday in the United States. In 1941, President Roosevelt and congress resolved that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every month. Many schools and employers are closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving as well, creating a four-day weekend.
In the United States, Thanksgiving has a strong connection with food. Those who host Thanksgiving dinners typically prepare several dishes, in large quantities, for guests. Traditional Thanksgiving menus often include:
- Turkey stuffing (also known as “dressing”)
- Cranberry sauce
- Cornbread or corn muffins
- Green bean casserole
- Sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Pumpkin pie
In addition to a large family meal, watching televised college and professional football games is often a significant part of the day’s celebrations. Canadians also enjoy football during their Thanksgiving celebrations.
Bargain hunters often celebrate Thanksgiving by getting in line at local stores before the Black Friday sales begin. Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, is the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, many stores open at midnight, or even on Thanksgiving day, and offer significant price reductions on popular gifts.
While the Thanksgiving holiday is most closely associated with the United States and Canada, other countries do celebrate Thanksgiving holidays as well, usually in connection with a harvest festival or celebration, though a few countries celebrate a Thanksgiving that’s connected to political events or tied to American customs.
Wednesday, November, 27 2013 by Lainie Petersen
Planning on a vacation sometime this winter? If so, now’s the time to score some new eyewear for your trip. Not sure where to start? Think about what you’d like to do on your trip: Do you plan a lot of outdoor activity? Do you hope to let your hair down? Or are you thinking that your vacation may be a gateway to some changes in your life?
Below are some tips for selecting vacation eyewear depending on what you plan to do during your time off:
1. Spend Time on the Beach or at a Ski Resort
Planning on spending time on the beach or the slopes? You’ll need eye protection. Whether you are looking for goggles or just super cool shades, keep in mind that your glasses have a job to do. Check to make sure that they have UV coating and that they get dark enough to help protect you against glare. If you are a sports lover, you’ll also want lenses that adequately cover your eyes and can protect them crashes and foreign objects.
2. Try Out a New Look
Thinking that it’s time for an image overhaul? Try out a new look while you are on vacation. Get a new hairdo, buy some clothes in a totally different style than what you are used to wearing and get some fun, funky sunglasses. Pay attention to how other people react to and treat you. If you like what you experience, take your new look back home with you.
3. Live it Up
Ok, maybe you really don’t want to reinvent yourself when you get home: If you’re working as a CPA and need to maintain a conservative image, a pair of purple, bejeweled glasses may not be a good idea . . . at the office. But when you are on vacation, you have a lot more freedom to try out new looks, even if you don’t plan to make them a part of your professional or everyday image.
If you’ve never tried out an online eyewear store, now’s a great time to check out Zenni. We offer a huge selection of glasses in
Tuesday, November, 26 2013 by Lainie Petersen
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