Dr. Heather Nesti Talks Glaucoma Treatments on CBS Washington

Posted by Chesapeake Eye Care

Feb 11, 2015 3:10:00 PM

heathernesticbsThe team here at Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center is always looking for opportunities to educate the community on eye health and the latest in eye disease treatments. Recently, Dr. Nesti spoke to CBS Washington about the latest trends in Glaucoma treatments... 

...in response to a California-based bioscience firm researching cannabis derived extracts that could possibly be used to treat Glaucoma and other diseases without the negative side effects of marijuana. 

Check out the piece on CBS Washington to see Dr. Nesti's take on cannabis-based Glaucoma treatments.

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James Sherrod Shares his Glaucoma Surgery Experience

Posted by Dr. Heather Nesti

Jan 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

glaucoma_testimonial_blog“I love being outdoors – and I especially enjoy fishing. Preserving my vision was essential to my life!”

Q: What was your vision like before glaucoma surgery?

James Sherrod:  My Vision was very blurry and my eye exam showed that I had very high pressure in my eyes.

Q: What made you decide to have glaucoma surgery?

 James Sherrod:  After consulting with Dr. Nesti, it was necessary to have glaucoma surgery to avoid total loss of vision.

Q: What was your biggest fear before having glaucoma surgery?

James Sherrod:  My biggest fear was the complete loss of my vision.

Q: How has Glaucoma surgery impacted your life? 

James Sherrod:  I love being outdoors and I especially enjoy fishing. By performing glaucoma surgery, Dr. Nesti was able to preserve my vision and prevent further deterioration.  This surgery has enabled me to continue to lead an active lifestyle, which is very important to me.

Q: What was recovery like?

James Sherrod:  Overall, my recovery was good.  I had a little discomfort for a few days, but otherwise I did not experience any significant pain.

Q: What was your experience like at Chesapeake Eye Care & Laser Center?

James Sherrod:  I am very impressed with the high degree of professionalism exemplified by Dr. Nesti and her team. 

Q: Would you recommend Dr. Heather Nesti to others who are considering glaucoma surgery?

James Sherrod: I highly recommend Dr. Nesti to anyone considering glaucoma surgery.  Her professionalism, medical expertise and personal commitment to her patients is outstanding. Dr. Nesti’s genuine concern for her patients as people is equally impressive. 

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Protect Your Vision from the Effects of Diabetes

Posted by Dr. Maria Scott

Mar 11, 2014 11:30:00 AM

13967014_sPeople with diabetes have higher blood sugar (glucose) levels, which increases the risk of eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma.  If you have diabetes, it is important to understand how this condition can affect your vision and to schedule a yearly eye exam with your ophthalmologist, ideally a Retina specialist, who will monitor any changes in your eye health and vision. Early detection is key to preventing vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease resulting from type 1 or 2 diabetes that can damage blood vessels inside the retina, resulting in vision loss. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is a top cause of blindness in adults, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). There are two forms of diabetic retinopathy: 


Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the milder form of this disease and often does not affect your vision. 


Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the more serious form. It occurs when new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, often resulting in the sudden onset of floaters due to abnormal vessels bleeding into the vitreous cavity of the eye, and may result in severe vision loss or blindness.  However, according to the NEI, "People with proliferative retinopathy can reduce their risk of blindness by 95 percent with timely treatment and appropriate follow up care."

Macular edema can also cause visual loss in those suffering from diabetes. When fluid leaks into your macula, the part of the eye that enables you to see small details and supplies central vision, the macula can become swollen and blur vision

Cataracts and Glaucoma

Although cataracts are a normal part of aging, people with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to suffer from the condition due to high blood sugar levels, which cause the lens to swell and alter vision, reports Everyday Health. Additionally, diabetics often experience the problem at a younger age and the cataracts worsen faster.

Those with type 2 diabetes are also 40 percent more likely to develop glaucoma, explains Everyday Health, a condition where high pressure inside the eyeball damages optic nerve fibers and can lead to permanent vision loss.


Although there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, effective treatments are available including vitrectomy surgery and laser treatment; however, it is, of course, better to prevent the conditions from ever occurring, and there are a few ways you can do this:

Get your eyes examined. You should visit an ophthalmologist for a dilated eye exam at least once a year. This helps to diagnose potential problems caused by any eye health condition. For example, there are often no symptoms accompanying diabetic retinopathy, but your doctor will be able to check for signs of damage in the retina with a dilated eye exam. Early detection also leads to better treatment results. Pregnant women may wish to have an additional eye exam as pregnancy can worsen eye health problems.

Maintain optimal blood sugar levels. This helps to prevent damage in the blood vessels of the retina and therefore lowers your risk of diabetic retinopathy.

Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels optimal. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help achieve this.

Quit smoking. In addition to all the other health benefits, quitting smoking will reduce your risk of eye disease.

Keep close control of other conditions such as kidney disease, anemia, and obesity. 

Even if you cannot ward off vision problems caused by your diabetes, you can slow the decline with early diagnosis and treatment. Remember, it is important to have a thorough dilated eye exam with a qualified professional to detect any eye health problems or vision loss.

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