Dr. Paul Chous' Past Columns
Aug 2011 - Eye Complications of Diabetes and the Company They Keep
Blood vessel damage common to most disorders.
June 2011 - New Developments in Diabetes-Related Eye Disease
Studies find good news for "experienced" patients.
April 2011 - Keeping Your Eyesight
Save Your Vision Month issues key messages.
Feb. 2011 - Diabetes and African-Americans Still Too Closely Linked
A celebration of Black History Month with an eye toward ending health disparities.
Oct. 2010 - A New Standard of Care for Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema
Are anti-VEGF medications more effective than laser treatment?
Feb. 2010 - The Importance of Achieving Tight Control of Blood Sugar Soon After the Diagnosis of Diabetes
Study finds diligence saves vision
Dec. 2009 - Staying a Step Ahead of Diabetes Eye Damage
A few simple blood tests for measuring risk factors
Oct. 2009 - Can Medication For Severe Retinopathy Lead to Stroke?
Avastin risks low but still too great for some.
Aug. 2009 - The Link Between Diabetic Retinopathy & Cardiovascular Disease
Risk factors increase as vision problems persist.
June 2009 - Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes-Related Eye Disease
Common disorder linked to heart disease, other vision complications.
April 2009 - "D" Is for Diabetes
Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risk of disease
Feb. 2009 - Pay it Forward and a Modest Proposal
Diabetes cost: too high to ignore?
Nov. 2008 - Why Does My Eye Prescription Change
High blood glucose can get trapped behind lens.
Oct. 2008 - Vitreous Hemorrhage: What You Need to Know
Tiny leaks can mean big problems with your vision.
Sept. 2008 - How Low Should You Go
The perspective of an eye doctor with diabetes.
July 2008 - Diabetic Retinopathy Without Diabetes?
Chances are if you have one, you will have other.
June 2008 - In Laser Therapy, Less is More
Current procedures can generate greater scarring.
April 2008 - Things Which - and Those Who - Aren't What We Call Them
Diabetes terminology a matter of equality.
March 2008 - New Blood Glucose Meters For the Visually Impaired
Latest products help to maintain independence.
Feb. 2008 - Nearsightedness, Farsightedness & Astigmatism – What's the Difference?
Focus in on a common vision problem.
Jan. 2008 - A Tale of Two Marys
All things being equal, no two people are the same.
Dec. 2007 - Doctor - Can't I Just Take A Pill? (Part 2)
Some medication options to lower risk of complications.
Nov. 2007 - Doctor – Can't I Just Take A Pill? (Part 1)
Refined diet best treatment for potential eye complications.
Oct. 2007 - Don't Let Daily Life Rob You of Vision
Protective gear is greatest safety measure.
Sept. 2007 - Pictures Worth A Thousand Words
Special eye tests bringing retinopathy to light earlier
Aug. 2007 - Nutritional Therapy For Diabetic Retinopathy?
How eating right can help you keep your eyesight.
July 2007 - Monitor Your Computer Use
Long hours looking at screen root cause of CVS.
June 2007 - The Top 10 Ways To Avoid Losing Your Vision To Diabetes
Proper eye care also reduces risk of developing other complications.
May 2007 - Don't Be Blinded by the Light
Protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
April 2007 - Macular Degeneration 101
The fundamentals of macular degeneration (and how to avoid it).
March 2007 - Glaucoma – The ‘Sneak Thief' of Sight
Regular checkups necessary to stay ahead of this silent disease.
Feb. 2007 - Diabetic Macular Edema: the "Other" Diabetic Retinopathy
Variety of complications can plague vision.
Jan. 2007 - The Fine Print
Why am I having trouble reading fine print, and what can be done about it?
Nov. 2006 - Diabetes Can Leave Us Seeing Double
Understanding what your eyes are seeing.
Oct. 2006 - An ‘Excursion' To Miss
Controlling blood sugar fluctuations helps stem diabetes complications
Sept. 2006 - Dry Eyes and Diabetes Often Go Hand In Hand
High risk of disorder calls for tight control of glucose levels.
Aug. 2006 - Management of Diabetic Retinopathy in the 21st Century
Drug treatment research hoped to decrease need for laser surgery.
July 2006 - I've Got Diabetic Retinopathy – So Now What?
One patient's experience with a difficult diagnosis.
June 2006 - Is Exercise Good or Bad For the Eyes of People With Diabetes?
Assess your individual risk level before starting any activity.
May 2006 - When Stroke Strikes The Eyes
Circulation issues major concern for people with diabetes.
April 2006 - Good Vision Should Be A National Priority
Diabetes affect on vision often detected too late
March 2006 - Flashes and Floaters
What Are Those Spots Before My Eyes?
Feb. 2006 - Low Vision: What Every Person With Diabetes Should Know
What Every Person With Diabetes Should Know
Jan. 2006 - To Keep Your Eyes Healthy, Keep Your Blood Pressure Well-Controlled
Hypertension can lead to blindness.
Dec. 2005 - There's More To Eye Disease Than Retinopathy
Diabetes linked to several vision complications.
Nov. 2005 - Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe?
For people with diabetes, it's a matter of risk.
Oct. 2005 - To Dilate or Not To Dilate: There Is No Question
Irritating part of annual exam key to early detection of problems.
Sept. 2005 - Common Myths & Misconceptions About Diabetic Eye Disease
For healthy eyes, you have to know fact from fiction.
Aug. 2005 - What To Expect From a Thorough Eye Examination When You Have Diabetes
Have your questions and your answers ready when visiting the eye doctor.
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