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Your Healthy Family: For diabetics managing your A1C is key to eye health

Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 16:44:43-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — We're closing out November, Diabetes Month with Dr. David Davis, MD FACS, a board-certified ophthalmologist with Haas Vision Center in Colorado Springs.

This is the third story featuring Dr. Davis this month, to try and raise awareness about the effects that diabetes can have on your eyesight.

YHF: Don't let diabetes rob you of your eyesight

YHF: The most common eye problems caused by diabetes

Dr. Davis wanted to explore these important topics to raise awareness, and also because it’s something very close to his heart. Dr. Davis explains, “My family has been hit hard by diabetes. I have a 94-year-old aunt who has basically done everything she could for many years, and she can hardly see her way around the house. She is very dear to me and so this really hits home.”

Managing diabetes is something in fact, Dr. Davis himself has worked hard at himself. “I know it's difficult to exercise it's difficult to lose weight but if you do the right thing when your first diagnosed if you work with your doctor if you get out and walk around if you limit the carbs in your diet, it pays big dividends later on in life. If you keep your hemoglobin A1C under control you can go for a long time and never have a problem. I have had diabetes as long as I've been alive and looking at me you might guess I'm over 29. I have worked hard for many years because It's very important to do what you need to do to control this, because we cannot fix it once the damage becomes severe.”

If you’re wondering if you should have your eyes checked right now during the pandemic, if you are diabetic and have trouble managing your A1C, Dr. Davis says he thinks it’s worth the risk. “Like many things in life, what you're doing is weighing risk. There's no path that has no risk, so which is the path of least risk? If you have diabetic retinopathy, if you have had any kind of treatment for it, if you are hemoglobin A1C is out of control, it's probably safer to come in and have an exam then it is to stay home. We are taking all sorts of precautions at HAAS vision center in Colorado Springs. We don't bring extra people up to the office, we use social distancing, we use masks, hand sanitizer or gloves, and we have plexiglass barriers. I've stopped eating finger food because I'm tired of tasting hand sanitizer. If you have a risk involving glaucoma or you've got a bad hemoglobin A1C and your diabetes is not well controlled I think you're probably better off having an exam.”

If your diabetes gets to the point that it is damaging your eyes, and affecting your eyesight in most cases, it can’t be undone which Dr. Davis has seen, brings much larger consequences. “These are people that are in the productive parts of their lives and should be out having kids having fun making money. If you have these younger people disabled, it has a very severe consequence on themselves and their families.”

If you have any questions about eyesight and diabetes you can follow up with Dr. Davis and the team at HAAS Vision Center in Colorado Springs, by visiting their website (HERE)

Haas vision center is a proud sponsor of Your Healthy Family