Important reminder from the @nihgov of the positive impact we can have on our patients as Doctors of Optometry.
Because we know how diabetes can affect the eye it is up to us to inform our patients about what we can detect in an eye exam and it’s also our responsibility to educate them on lifestyle changes.
When going through their medical history a patient may mention that their PCP is having them back for additional testing because their blood sugar was elevated and that’s when we can start talking about the importance of following-up with their PCP, regular eye exams, making better choices and changes now like cutting soda out all together (i.e. don’t drink your calories) and limiting fried foods. Maybe the patient already has a gym membership or an activity they love and you can encourage them to do more of that. Different things work for different people and it’s important that we all explore what works best for us and sometimes patients need encouragement from a health professional.
Hopefully we can put a stop to this statistic, starting the conversation with our loved ones and informing our patients as well.
I’ve had many patients have significantly improved blood work after making lifestyle changes. Have you noticed this as well? - 12 minutes ago