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Monday 24 Nov 2014
Rocky Mountain Eye Center
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Thank you for visiting Rocky Mountain Eye Center - Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico's most comprehensive family eye care center.

Rocky Mountain Eye Center's current, eight board certified ophthalmologists diagnose, treat and help to prevent diseases of the eye. Rocky Mountain Eye Center's ophthalmologists complete annual eye examinations, perform surgical procedures, assist in specific areas of eye care and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. Rocky Mountain Eye Center is Southeastern Colorado's only LASIK surgery center. Rocky Mountain Eye Center's optometrists are available to assist with your family's optometric needs. Rocky Mountain Eye Center's trained optical staff provides assistance with the variety of eye care products available at any one of our optical shops.

Our doctors treat eye diseases such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration along with other common or unique eye conditions. Other common eye conditions and diseases that our doctors treat regularly include dry eye syndrome, corneal and external disease, vitreoretinal disease, pediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastic conditions.

At Rocky Mountain Eye Center, we are here to provide the best possible care in a patient-centered environment. As a practice, our doctors have committed substantial resources to stay abreast of and utilize the latest technology to help you to see better. As you browse through our web site, we hope you will become acquainted with the complete range of services that we offer. Rocky Mountain Eye Center appreciates the fact that you are considering us for all of your family's personal eye care needs. If you have questions or concerns, we would be happy to talk with you.

As a convenience to our patients, Rocky Mountain Eye Center has offices in various locations throughout Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.

Thank you for choosing Rocky Mountain Eye Center.

 


 
Dr. Mitchel Brown Joins Rocky Mountain Eye Center PDF Print Email

Dr. D. 'Mitchel' BrownRocky Mountain Eye Center is proud to announce the addition of Dr. D. Mitchel Brown to their staff. Dr. Brown will be seeing patients at both the Pueblo Montebello and La Junta Offices.  Read More...

 

 

 

 


 
November Eye Observance PDF Print Email

eye 3 November is "Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness" Month

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.aao.org), approximately 24 million people in the United States have diabetes and nearly one-quarter of them do not know it. Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness among adults and people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to become blind than people without it.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that 7.7 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy and that this number will increase to approximately 11 million people by 2030.  People with diabetes need a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year.  Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up may prevent vision loss or blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy risk factors-several factors can influence the development and severtiy of diabetic retinopathy, including:

circle Blood Sugar levels. Controlling your blood sugar is the key risk factor that you can affect. Lower blood sugar levels can delay the onset and slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.
circle Blood pressure. A major clinical trial demonstrated that effectively controlling blood pressure reduces the risk of retinopathy progression and visual acuity deterioration. High blood pressure damages your blood vessels, raising the chances for eye problems. Target blood pressure for most people with diabetes is less than 130/80 mmHg.
circle Duration of diabetes. the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy or having your disease progress increases over time. After 15 years, 80 percent of Type 1 patients will have diabetic retinopathy. After 19 years, up to 84 percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes will have diabetic retinopathy.
circle Blood lipid levels (cholesterol and triglycerides). Elevated blood lipid levels can lead to greater accumulation of exudates, protein deposits that leak into the retina. This condition is associated with a higher risk of moderate visual loss.
circle Ethnicity. While diabetic retinopathy can happen to anyone with diabetes, certain ethnic groups are at higher risk because they are more likely to have diabetes. These include African Americans, Latinos adn Native Americans.
circle Pregnancy. Being pregnant can cause changes to your eyes. If you have diabetes and become pregnant, your risk for diabetic retinopathy increases. If you already have diabetic retinopathy, it may progress. However, some studies have suggested that with treatment these changes are reversed after you give birth and that there is no increase in long-term progression of the disease.
 

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