Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular diseases (PVD) is becoming more common in Americans since obesity is on the rise. Often with peripheral vascular disease, we think of strokes and heart attacks but PVD can affect the eye and result in vision loss.

What is peripheral vascular disease? Diabetes, narrowing of arteries due to atherosclerosis, hypertension and other conditions that lead disrupted blood flow.

During an eye exam, the doctor can look inside the eye and see naked blood vessels. What this means is that if PVD is affecting your blood vessels inside your eye, it is affecting all the other blood vessels in your body.

What sort of things can be seen? Leaky blood vessels because the blood vessels have broken down, small areas where the retina has died, bleeding, areas of poor perfusion and changes in the course of blood vessels. If these changes are seen during your eye exam, the doctor will communicate this to your primary care provider to tell them that your peripheral vascular disease is not adequately managed with current therapy. The eye doctor will also refer you to the proper specialist if and when intervention is warranted.

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Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, a pediatric resident, their two cats and they are welcoming a baby boy in December 2018.

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Fax: (704) 310-5003
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