“Continuity of Care Is Important”
Over time diabetes can affect the body is numerous ways. Patients with diabetes often don’t see the affects of diabetes but feel them instead. When it comes to caring for the visual needs of a patient with diabetes, at Boise Family Eye Center we believe that continuity of care is important. Optometrists with the use of a microscope during a dilated eye exam gets a crystal clear picture of the back of the eye (the retina) – by looking at the retina optometrists can see inside the arteries and veins in the back of a patients eyes.
This crystal clear picture of the arteries and veins allows an optometrist to see how diabetes is treating the body. This is important because whatever is going on in the retinas is a mirror of what’s going on in the rest of the body. Though the affects of diabetes are numerous, diabetes generally causes two things to happen in the back of the eye, it causes leakage in the arteries and possibly new arteries to grow. With over 28.5 million adults and children living with diabetes, continuity of care has never been more important. This is exactly why our optometrists take the time to draft a summary letter (which is sent back to the patients family care doctor) informing them of what the retinal situation of is of a diabetic patient, so their is communication and continuity of care.