Diabetes and Your Eyes

Eye Care Services Amarillo TX As a cataract specialist in Amarillo, Dr. Murrell is particularly careful to obtain a comprehensive medical history on patients whose vision has become blurry or cloudy. According to statistics, people with diabetes have an increased risk for several eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma. Generally speaking, cataracts can be corrected by replacing the clouded lens with an artificial lens. The artificial lens, called an intraocular lens or IOL, can even be made to correct certain vision problems. In the case of diabetes, cataract removal surgery often carries increased risks. Here, we look at these two common eye diseases and what patients may do to protect their eyes.


A cataract may develop in one eye or both and may progress differently in each eye. The condition is not transferable, meaning it does not spread from one eye to the other. Cataracts form out of protein deposits on the lens of the eye. It is believed that cataracts are more often diagnosed in diabetic patients because of higher levels of sorbitol (a glucose product) in the eyes.

Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure inside the eye elevates and becomes difficult to manage. Increased eye pressure compresses the optic nerve and can cause vision loss if not managed or corrected with ophthalmic surgery.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

As we honor diabetes awareness month, it is important that we discuss the signs of cataracts and how a person with diabetes can reduce their overall risks of diabetic eye disease.

Cataract symptoms include:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Colors do not appear as vibrant as they once did
  • Double-vision in one eye
  • Glares or halos around lights, which may be particularly noticeable at night
  • Light sensitivity
  • Ongoing vision problems even with prescription glasses

If signs of cataracts develop, patients are advised to consult with an ophthalmologist right away. The more quickly a proper diagnosis is made, the better the outcome of treatment can be. Diabetic patients may need to work with their eye doctor as well as their general healthcare team to first get blood sugar under control and then, if applicable, discuss the value versus risks of cataract removal surgery.

Learn more about cataract removal or schedule your visit to our Amarillo office by contacting us at (806) 351-1177.

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Amarillo, TX 79106

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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