Optometrist – Manage diabetic patients with onset retinopathy

Committee opinion: care of the patient with diabetes mellitus

The American Optometric Association recommends optometrists refer patients suspected of having diabetes to a physicians for further evaluation and treatment. Optometrists must refer patients with undiagnosed diabetes who present with diabetic retinopathy during the initial examination for treatment of their diabetes.

Appropriate communication with the patient’s primary care physician is critical for proper coordination of the patient’s care. Due to the nature of diabetes, a multidisciplinary approach to patient management is essential. Optometrists should encourage patient to see a diabetes care provider to work toward achieving the goals for diabetes control.

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Why choose Heal n Cure for your patient’s weight loss?

Heal n Cure is a medical practice focused on weight loss and long-term weight management. Our expertise is supervised weight loss and management of obesity-related medical problems. We are members of the Obesity Management Association (OMA) and AMA, with Board Certifications from American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), and from American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Heal n Cure’s weight management program:

  • Multicomponent team: bariatric & internal medicine physician, physicians assistants, registered dietitian, and exercise physiologist
  • Personalized weight loss and wellness program with one on one counseling regarding appropriate diabetes treatment plan
  • Diabetes reversal: reduction in A1C, elimination of diabetes medications including insulin for type 2 diabetics
  • Primary care offered
  • Covered by major PPO insurance plans

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) was a major clinical study conducted from 1983 to 1993 and funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. All DCCT participants were monitored for diabetic retinopathy. Study results showed that intensive therapy reduced the risk for developing retinopathy by 76 percent. In participants who had some eye damage at the beginning of the study, intensive management slowed the progression of the disease by 54 percent.

Insurance coverage and recognition for our care

All major PPO insurance plans provide coverage for our medical weight loss program, especially if there are other weight-related medical conditions. We have received Top Tier Provider designation for exceeding quality and cost efficiency criteria from United HealthCare. Also, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois awarded us the coveted Blue Tier ranking in recognition of consistently delivering cost efficient quality care.

Personalized medical care plans

A personalized plan for each patient is developed after conducting a thorough physical examination and a study of the patient’s medical history, biochemistry analysis, and bio-impedance-analysis. Medical problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid issues, arthritis, insomnia, digestion issues and food allergies or intolerances, and side effects of many medications are managed by our medical team, led by a board certified bariatric physician.

“The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) showed that better control of blood sugar levels slows the onset and progression of retinopathy”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

How we can help your patients

Weight reduction in obese reproductive-aged patients increases the likelihood of pregnancy and reduces complications in utero and postpartum. Preventing cardiovascular disease improves the long- term health of women. Heal n Cure provides your patients with an effective weight management and wellness program, so you can focus on your specialty. Let us handle their nutritional needs, lifestyle coaching, and support for chronic conditions. Referring your patients to HnC will improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.

Our care is covered as Primary Care by PPO insurance plans, no pre-approvals or referrals are required. Patients can call us  to set up a free consultation.