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Eye/Health Problem Detection & Management

Eye Diseases

We certainly can take our eyes for granted… until something goes wrong with them. Fortunately the current way of thinking in healthcare is preventative medicine. This means keeping regular check-ups to monitor your health and catch any abnormalities early, before they can do damage.

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The doctors of Eyecare Associates are trained in the detection and management of all types of eye disease and believe in the preventative medicine approach to eye care. Many eye diseases are without symptoms until much damage has been done. Glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration are a few. Routine annual eye evaluations are the best way to ensure that your vision is not affected by any of these.

If you need a referral, the doctors of Eyecare Associates work with the best specialists in Colorado. We are able to analyze your needs, and, if needed, refer you to the most appropriate person. We are an excellent resource if your eye health care needs are more unique and specialized.

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Many eye diseases are more manageable and less damaging if caught early. Let’s work together to ensure your eyes remain as healthy as they can, for as long as they can.

 

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Health Problem Detection

Many systemic diseases can have affects in the eyes. Your family physician may refer you to us in order to determine if this happening. On occasion, however, you may be in to see us for a routine vision evaluation and we detect a previously undiagnosed systemic problem. The following are a few of the ways that these diseases can affect the eyes.

*Through a series of changes that happen in the blood, diabetes can often cause blindness.

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*Hypertension can cause blood vessel abnormalities in the eyes leading to vision loss.

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*Multiple sclerosis can affect the optic nerve altering your central or peripheral vision.

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*Arthritis can painfully dry out the surface of the eyes or cause inflammation inside the eyes.

*Changes in your side, or peripheral, vision can signal certain types of brain tumors.

*Risks of heart disease can even manifest themselves inside the eye. This can be seen with cholesterol deposits in the cornea, hardening and narrowing of retinal arteries, or emboli that have become lodged in the eye.

The doctors of Eyecare Associates are highly trained in the detection and treatment of the ocular signs of systemic diseases. We work closely and communicate with all types of physicians in Fort Collins making sure that your eyes stay healthy if you are currently undergoing treatment for a systemic problem or if we detect one during our evaluation. By working with family doctors, neurologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, cardiologists, and many other types of specialists, healthcare becomes a team effort. Eyecare Associates is part of your team.

As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community. We will follow their recommendations and close our office to regular eye exams until further notice.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination our office will contact you to reschedule
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call us at 970-221-4811.
5) If you have an issue that cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime, Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them, our patients, our city, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Eyecare Associates