Diabetic Eye Health Examination
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, having a diabetic eye exam is of the utmost importance. You may feel that your vision is stable and doesn't bother you, so why should you have your eyes examined thoroughly every year?
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness in American adults and you may not notice any changes in your vision until it is too late. Generally the condition is treatable, but if not caught early enough, it can lead to permanent vision loss and/or blindness.
The disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. High amounts of insulin can cause the blood vessels to swell and leak fluid. In some people, abnormal blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina and will need immediate treatment to preserve your vision.
The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely he or she will get diabetic retinopathy. Between 40-45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes will have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. Our doctors will spend extra time carefully examining the retina for any signs of diabetic retinopathy. We also use specialized technology to take a photo of the inside of your eye to track your eye health. We will also communicate any findings to your primary care physician so that they can make sure you are not at risk for other conditions diabetes can cause.
During pregnancy, diabetic retinopathy may be a problem for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. To protect vision, every pregnant woman with diabetes should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam with retinal photography as soon as possible.
If you have diabetes and haven't had an eye examination please contact us to schedule your appointment!