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Patient Stories

I linked my vision change to my type 1 diabetes. My optometrist told me differently.

Enjoli Ward – Jackson, MS

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19, Enjoli has always been vigilant about her healthcare including annual eye exams with her optometrist. So, when she experienced a sudden change in her vision, she immediately contacted Dr. Kimberly Ragan. Her eye exam indicated a possible pituitary tumor, and Dr. Ragan promptly contacted Enjoli’s endocrinologist to share her findings and sent Enjoli to the specialist for more tests.

After an MRI, Enjoli’s endocrinologist confirmed Dr. Ragan’s pituitary diagnosis. While the pituitary tumor is benign, Enjoli was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which was the cause of the vision disturbance. Dr. Ragan collaborates regularly with Enjoli’s endocrinologist and neurologist to monitor her medical conditions. Today, Enjoli’s vision is much improved, and she meets with her whole health care team regularly to manage her symptoms and feel her best.

Having a trusted relationship with your family eye doctor is important — not only for your vision — but also for your overall health.

Having a trusted relationship with your family eye doctor is important — not only for your vision — but also for your overall health. In addition to detecting vision problems, an annual comprehensive eye exam can also lead to a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension, or other health conditions.