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Dear Hyde Eyecare Patients,
In these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at Hyde Eyecare to support you and our employees. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure your Health is our top priority as it has always been, the safety and security of our patients and employees remains our highest priority. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous:
• Our team members are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning & sterilizing our public areas (including exam rooms, optical gallery, lobbies, elevators, private offices, door handles, bathrooms, etc.) and have continued to use hospital-grade disinfectant.
• We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers and wipes. We remain committed to offering you the best eye care possible. We will be flexible if your appointment needs to be rescheduled and will always be here if an eye emergency arises.
At Hyde Eyecare, we believe it is in challenging times like these that the power of good “sight” is needed most of all. We remain committed to serving you and our community for many years to come.
President & CEO, Hyde Eyecare
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Each year, approximately 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in this country, according to the American Diabetes Association. A percentage of those individuals will develop an eye disease associated with the condition such as diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema. Having diabetes also increases your risk of developing common eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma. At Hyde Eyecare, our Morristown optometrist provides a comprehensive eye exam for all patients to rule out diabetes-related eye diseases that can lead to blindness.
Diabetic eye disease is an umbrella term for conditions that occur in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to one of the critical elements of vision – the retina, a light-sensitive lining located at the back of the eyeball. Light striking this lining triggers nerve impulses that allow you to see.
There are two main diseases our Morristown optometrist looks for during a diabetic eye exam:
Both of these serious conditions will eventually lead to vision impairment. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely it is you will suffer damage to the retina, especially if you fail to get regular eye exams and treatment.
Individuals with diabetes often have blurred vision caused by fluid buildup behind the lens of the eye. This is a side effect of the blood sugar fluctuations they experience as a result of their disease. Other symptoms to watch for include:
If you experience any of these problems, it is important to tell our optometrist when you come to the office for your exam.
The prescribed treatment will depend on many factors including advanced the damage is to your eyes, how controlled your diabetes is and your overall health. After completing a comprehensive diabetic eye exam in Morristown, TN, our optometrist might use medication to reduce the inflammation or stop the formation of new blood vessels. Some patients may require surgery to replace the gel-like fluid in the eye or to repair the retina. You will need to continue to get diabetic eye exams regularly to monitor your progress and prevent further complications.
Even if you are not diagnosed with diabetes, have your eyes checked at least once a year. An optometrist will do an inspection of the retina looking for signs of progressive eye diseases that affect your vision. Changes in your eye health may be the first indicator that you have diabetes, as well.
If you have diabetes or notice changes in your vision, give us a call at 423-581-2020 to make an appointment now.