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Diabetic Eye Disease 101: The Science of Blood Sugar and Vision

Diabetic Eye Disease 101: The Science of Blood Sugar and Vision

A person with diabetes will experience high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). The glucose from the food we eat needs to be transferred from the bloodstream into the cells to provide energy. A hormone called insulin usually assists this transfer. A diabetic person either produces none or not enough of this crucial hormone — and hyperglycemia can occur.

There are complications to having high blood sugar levels, and it can affect many body functions. One function that can be particularly affected is your vision. This blog will go over some of the eye diseases associated with diabetes — the causes, symptoms, and some common treatments.

Female DOs Aren’t What You Saw in That FIGS Ad — Just Ask Dr. Allison Jarstad, DO Ophthalmologist

Female DOs Aren’t What You Saw in That FIGS Ad — Just Ask Dr. Allison Jarstad, DO Ophthalmologist

When Allison Jarstad, DO ophthalmologist, saw the recent ad by scrubs company FIGS essentially disparage female DOs as less-than their MD counterparts, she was disappointed.

“It’s unbelievable that the ad even made it to publication,” Dr. Jarstad said. “I just don’t see how that concept and idea made it to production without anyone ever raising their hand and questioning, ‘maybe this isn’t a good idea?’”

Eyesight Getting Worse? Why This Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging

Eyesight Getting Worse? Why This Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging

Resources: Low-Vision Rehabilitation

Did you know eye diseases often have no early symptoms, but can be detected through proper testing? Though vision loss isn’t a normal part of aging, as you get older, you are at higher risk of developing issues. This can include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, and other diseases.

Here are a few age-related eye issues that the National Eye Institute says may crop up for older patients, and some warning signs.

What’s The Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacologist? How Do They Help With Eyecare?

What’s The Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacologist? How Do They Help With Eyecare?

Resources: Affording prescriptions

The terms may not seem very different — pharmacist and pharmacologist — but there are a number of key differentiators between the two professions. Understanding these differences may help you achieve your eyecare goals, by knowing who to go to for your eyedrops, and who to ask about the science behind those eyedrops.

Disadvantaged Communities Have More Barriers to Proper Vision Care

Disadvantaged Communities Have More Barriers to Proper Vision Care

Resources: Free eye exams, Free cataract surgery, Free glasses, Affordable vision care, Accessing eyecare

A recent study in Ophthalmology revealed a disturbing trend regarding insurance coverage and disparities in glaucoma care, one of the diseases that should indeed trigger health insurance benefits. According to the study, the odds of white Medicaid members having no glaucoma test were found to be nearly 200 percent higher than those with their own private insurance. For Black Medicaid members that number balloons to almost 300 percent versus those with other insurance.

The Quintessential Guide to Choosing An Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician

The Quintessential Guide to Choosing An Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, or Optician

Resources: Cost of eyecare, Know who to see

Should you see an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or optician? Who you should make an appointment with all depends on what your eyes need. When it comes to your eye health, finding the right eyecare professional to fit your needs is crucial. Nanodropper’s mission is to help you take back control of your eye health, so we’re here to help! Their titles may seem dizzying, but we at Nanodropper have put together a straightforward guide displaying which eyecare professionals will best meet your needs.

5 Common Myths about Cataracts

5 Common Myths about Cataracts

Cataracts is the eye disease that affects my grandparents and dogs…right? In a sense, yes — but there’s a lot more to it, and in fact cataracts can affect people from all walks of life. Since June is Cataracts Awareness Month, we at Nanodropper thought it’d be a great time to debunk five common myths about cataracts.

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