November 2016 | Eye Surgeons Associates PC

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

By: Michael Howcroft, M.D. Everybody, especially those with diabetes, should have regular eye exams. This is the first line of defense in detecting and treating eye diseases. Fast progression Diabetic changes in the eye do not always cause a perceivable change in vision. If the visual changes from diabetes are noticed, a patient might have… Read More


Sugar and the Eye

By: Yasser Elshatory, M.D., Ph.D. In normal form, components of the eye including the cornea, lens and retina, must be clear tissue. When the tissue becomes unclear, vision loss can occur and is the underlying cause of many different diseases of the eye. Patients with diabetes are at higher risk for these vision issues because… Read More


Diabetic Retinopathy

By: Michael Howcroft, M.D. The United States is experiencing a diabetes epidemic. Factors contributing to this very serious national health problem include high rates of obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diets among the general population. The rapidly growing number of diabetic patients in the U.S. means the population is at risk of experiencing increased… Read More


Eye Surgeons Associates Announces Dr. Michael Howcroft Approaching Retirement

After a long, illustrious career, Michael Howcroft, M.D. will ease into retirement at the end of the year. Dr. Howcroft joined Eye Surgeons Associates (ESA) in June, 2002. He was recruited from Toronto, Canada where he was an associate professor at the University of Toronto. He was chief of the department of ophthalmology at St…. Read More


Pink-eye

By: John Frederick, MD “Pink-eye” is the lay term commonly used to refer to the abrupt development of discharge and inflammation of an eye. There are many reasons why one or both eyes become red, sensitive and develop a discharge. Probably the most common cause of such an event is a bacterial or viral infection… Read More


Diabetes and the Holidays

By: Jeni Tackett, Dietitian Eating healthy is difficult for everyone during the holiday season. Individuals with diabetes must balance holiday treats with blood sugar control. If you have family or friends with diabetes, you can support rather than sabotage them. Here are some tips when hosting holiday meals with diabetic family and friends: Help them… Read More


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