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This images shows a color view of a healthy human retina.  The retina is powered by very small arteries and veins.  These arteries and veins can carry disease in patients with diabetes.  The arteries and veins in the eye are significant because they tell us about the health of the blood vessels in the rest of the body.  The retina is also vulnerable to a disease called diabetic retinopathy which can cause blindness in its most aggressive form.

Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, ocular bleeding, and cataracts.  Besides being one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, diabetes can also accelerate other eye diseases such as glaucoma.  In a recent study, the CDC reported that, “the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was high, affecting almost one-third of adults over age 40 years with diabetes.”  The CDC also reported that, “4.2 million adults had diabetic retinopathy, and 655,000 had vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy.”  With the visual stakes so high, our eye doctors strongly advocate for regular diabetic eye exams with good communication with the patient’s diabetes care team.

At Vista Eye Care in Thornton, Colorado, our eye doctors will thoroughly evaluate your ocular health and we will write a complete report for your primary care physician.  Because of the potential damage from diabetes, and because other diseases tend to be more aggressive in patients with diabetes, we believe strongly in communicating with your primary care physician. Maintaining a dialogue between your optometrist and your primary care physician is important to ensure that your health is properly cared for.

Please call us today at (303) 450-2020 to schedule your annual diabetic eye examination for yourself or your family, or use the button below to schedule your exam online:

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Vista Eye Care

13695 Colorado Blvd. Thornton, CO 80602
Phone: (303) 450-2020
Fax: (303) 920-1440

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