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Diabetic Eye Screening Tralee

Diabetic Eye Screening/Diabetic Retinopathy in Tralee

Prevent sight loss in people with diabetes

People with diabetes are at risk of developing a sight threatening eye condition called diabetic retinopathy.

Sugar in the blood can cause damage to blood vessels throughout the body, including those blood vessels in the eye. The eye changes are called diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetes, it is vital to have the back of your eyes effectively screened every year.

The science behind Understanding diabetic retinopathy

Diabetes is a condition where the body can’t use and store sugar properly and this can cause many health problems. Sugar in the blood can cause damage to blood vessels throughout the body, including the blood vessels in the eye. These eye changes are called diabetic retinopathy.
If you have diabetes, it is vital to have the back of your eyes effectively screened at least once a year.

What is diabetic retinopathy?
The lining at the back of your eye is called the retina. The job of the retina is to help change what you see into messages that travel along the sight nerve to the brain.

In the centre of the retina is an area called the macula which is really important for clear, sharp vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is the name used for different types of changes in the retina which can affect your sight,  including:
• Diabetic Macular Edema – where leak’s in blood vessels affect the important central part of the retina called the macula the main part of the eye responsible for detailed central vision. Diabetic macular edema is the more common type of eye change
• Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy – this is where fragile new blood vessels form gradually on the surface of the retina over time.

What causes diabetic retinopathy?
In diabetics, over time the blood vessels in the retina become thicker and the blood flowing in the blood vessels slows down. The retina tries to help speed up the blood flow by producing tiny amounts of chemicals to open up the blood vessels.
These chemicals have two side effects:
• they can make the blood vessels leak
• they can cause the retina to make new blood vessels which are very fragile.
Diabetic macular edema and proliferative diabetic retinopathy can be treated and managed if they are detected early. If they are left untreated, sight problems will develop.

Could I develop diabetic retinopathy?
Anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop the condition. Poor blood sugar control in diabetics can make diabetic retinopathy worse and can increase the risk of developing blindneess.

Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy?
• Poor blood glucose control
• High blood pressure
• Raised fats (triglycerides) in the blood
• Pregnancy (not gestational diabetes). During pregnancy, diabetes can worsen diabetic retinopathy.

How will I know if I am developing diabetic retinopathy?
You may not notice anything as there may be no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. But talk with your diabetes care team if you:

  • experience blurred vision or any changes in your sight,
  • see new black spots,
  • floaters’ that appear to float in your eye,
  • have trouble seeing things at the side of your vision.

Blurred vision can happen at any stage of diabetic retinopathy, although it is more likely to occur the longer you have diabetes. Blurred vision happens for two reasons:

  • with diabetic macular edema, leaking blood vessels cause swelling of the macula, which can lead to blurred vision.
  • with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, fragile new blood vessels on the retina cause bleeding in the eye.

This can also lead to blurred vision. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. It is important to attend your diabetes and eye screening appointments. Early detection and treatment can help to avoid sight loss from diabetic retinopathy.

How is diabetic retinopathy detected?
Regular eye screening is the best way to detect diabetic retinopathy before you notice any changes in your sight. The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening service uses specialised digital photography to look for changes that could affect your sight. This is painless and safe.
How can I avoid getting diabetic retinopathy?
You can help prevent or slow the development of diabetic retinopathy by:

  • taking your prescribed medication;
  • sticking to your recommended diet as best you can;
  • exercising regularly and sensibly;
  • controlling high blood pressure;
  • limiting your alcohol intake;
  • avoiding smoking;
  • attending your regular diabetes check-ups; and
  • having a full eye examination every year.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Seeing spots or floaters
  • Blurred vision
  • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
Diabetic retinopathy is treated, a good diet, regular exercise and looking after your blood sugar can slow down the development of the condition.
Diabetic macular edema can be treated with a laser or injections of medicine in the eye or a combination of both treatments. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is typically treated with laser but some people may need injections and surgery inside the eye. You and your diabetes care team will decide together which treatment is best for you.

What should I do if I have a problem with my sight?
Optical treatments are available to help you to maintain your vision.

Blindness and Vision Loss is Preventable in Tralee

Digital Retinal Photography in Tralee

Digital retinal photography is a sophisticated process that allows your optician to take a detailed picture of the back of your eye.

It helps us to closely monitor your eye health. Digital retinal photography doesn’t just help us spot sight-related problems.

It also highlight a range of other conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of a stroke and symptoms associated with brain tumors amongst other possible illnesses.

At Tangney’s Opticians in Kerry, we believe this technology is important to your eye health, it maybe included as part of your eye examination. Digital Retinal Photography at Tangney Opticians in Kerry

Children’s Eye Exams in Kerry

Children’s Eye Exams Tralee

Parents you may wonder whether your child has a vision problem or when you should schedule your child’s first eye exam.

Eye exams for children are extremely important, because children have vision problems. Early intervention of a child’s vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

Infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 -9 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter school.

For school-aged children, we recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or as recommended by their optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision.

Children’s eye exams are important because children need the following

Near vision, Distance vision, Binocular (two eyes) coordination, Eye movement skills, Focusing skills, Peripheral awareness, Hand-eye coordination

Eye exam for all children entering school for the first time at tangneys in Killarney, Kenmare, Dingle, Caherciveen, Tralee and Killorglin in Co. Kerry.

Tangney Opticians Full Eye Examinations

Cataract Testing in Tralee

Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.

Cataracts are the most cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world. There are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy put together.

Types of cataracts include:

Subcapsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract in Ireland.

Nuclear cataract forms deep in the central zone known as the nucleus of the lens. Nuclear cataracts usually are associated with aging.

Cortical cataract is white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.

Cataract Symptoms and Signs

Cataract start out small and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy glass.

Hazy, blurred vision may mean you have a early form of a cataract. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright or glaring. When you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before.

The type of cataract you have will affect which symptoms you experience and how soon they will occur. When a nuclear cataract first develops, it can bring about a temporary improvement in your near vision, called “second sight.”

This improved vision is short-lived and will disappear as the cataract worsens. On the other hand, a subcapsular cataract may not produce any symptoms until it’s well-developed.

What Causes Cataracts?

The lens inside the eye works like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away, we will be able to notice the beauty of Kerry.

The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.

But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.


Cataract Prevention in Kerry

A number of studies suggest certain nutrients and nutritional supplements may reduce your risk of cataracts.

Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids reduce cataract risk

Tangney Glaucoma Testing in Kerry

Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that all cause damage to the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma usually has little or no initial symptoms.

In most cases, glaucoma is associated with high pressure inside the eye, a condition called ocular hypertension. It can occur when intraocular pressure (IOP) is normal. If untreated or uncontrolled, glaucoma first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to blindness in later stages.

According to the Academy of Ophthalmology, the most common type of glaucoma called primary open-angle glaucoma affects millions people worldwide, and that number is expected to increase.

Because most cases of glaucoma have few or no early symptoms, people with glaucoma don’t know they have it.

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness today. behind macular degeneration, and the second-leading cause of blindness worldwide behind cataracts.

Types of Glaucoma in Kerry Drivers

The two major categories of glaucoma are open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and narrow angle glaucoma(NAG). The “angle” in both cases refers to the drainage angle inside the eye that controls the outflow of the watery fluid called aqueous, that is continually being produced inside the eye.

The aqueous access the drainage angle, glaucoma is known as open angle glaucoma. If the drainage angle is blocked and the aqueous can’t reach it, the glaucoma is known as narrow angle glaucoma(NAG).

Driving Test Reports Tralee

Driving Test Reports

To drive in Ireland a medical report has to be completed by a Medical Practitioner or Optometrist whose name is on the General Register of Medical Practitioners or on the Register of Optometrists in Ireland.

Scheduled Eye Tests Tralee and KillorglinWe all appreciate the importance of good eyesight. Especially when behind the wheel of a car, so it is understandable that all applications for provisional driving licenses in Ireland must be accompanied by an eyesight report completed by a registered ophthalmic optician or registered medical practitioner.

As well as having good central vision it is important that drivers have good peripheral sight.

Peripheral vision must now be assessed by means of a visual field test, visual field testing assess the full horizontal and vertical range and sensitivity of your vision. When carried out by your optometrist or ophthalmologist to test for defects in visual field and detect blind spots which may impair the ability to spot a vehicle or pedestrian before it is directly in front of the driver.

We take appointments for driving licence eyesight reports for both category 1 (cars and 8 seater vehicles) and category 2 (Bus and truck) license drivers.

RSA Eye Sight Report form

Opticians in Tralee

About Tangney Opticians in Tralee

Appreciate the gift of our eyesight. It’s only when we develop problems that we realise how valuable our eyes are to us and just how much we need the help and advice of our local optometrists to keep them healthy. Tangney Opticians offers this advice to the people of Tralee and Killorglin while also extending our services to the community with home visits as well.

Opticians choice and quality

We offer a full range of eye examinations and checks for various conditions including glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases and dry eye. We also fit all types of contact lens. We offer a wide variety of glasses and sunglasses in our practice, ranging from fashionable designer frames to budget options. There is something for everyone.

TangnOpticians choice and quality

  • Tangneys Opticians choice and quality

    Community Based.

    Tangney are paramount. We offer a hugh selection of frames ranging from designer eyewear to stylish frames to suit all budgets. And with shops in Tralee and Killorglin, we are your local stockists in Kerry. Providing revenue and jobs to the local community. Giving something back.