Diabetic Eyes Require Special Care & Attention
Diabetes affects our bodies in many ways and can impact our eye health and vision. Individuals with diabetes have unique eye health and care needs, so if you have diabetes, you should undergo a comprehensive diabetic eye exam at least once per year.
Even if you are not currently experiencing any other health problems and your blood sugar is well controlled using either diet or medication, it is still vital for you to visit your optometrist annually.
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Diabetes Affects Your Eyes
Diabetes can be both detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, even if you have not yet begun to notice symptoms. That is just one of the reasons regular eye exams are a vital part of your overall health strategy.
Diabetes can impact your vision and eye health in several ways, including:
- Diabetic Macular Edema: In its advanced stages, diabetes can cause fluid to accumulate under your macula. This can cause you to slowly lose your central vision over time.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Individuals with diabetes face an increased risk of developing a group of conditions called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy develops when the delicate blood vessels in your eyes weaken, causing them to leak blood and other fluids. Your eyes may try to compensate for this damage by growing new blood vessels, but these are typically weak and also prone to leaking. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, the damaged blood vessels cause your retina to become deprived of oxygen, causing portions of the retina to die.
- Cataracts: Individuals with diabetes are between two and five times more likely to develop cataracts than individuals without diabetes, and are more likely to develop cataracts at an earlier age.
- Glaucoma: Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than individuals without diabetes.
- Blurry Vision
- Double Vision
- Fluctuating Prescriptions
Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy do not usually exhibit symptoms in their early takes, which makes them incredibly difficult to diagnose without a comprehensive eye exam. If these and other diabetes-related eye conditions are allowed to progress, they can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness.
Eye Exams For Diabetic Eyes
To ensure that your eyes get the extra care and attention they require, Eye Rx is proud to offer eye exams specifically tailored to meet the health care and vision needs of patients with diabetes. These exams include all of the usual tests we perform during a comprehensive eye exam, as well as a variety of specialized tests and equipment including Optos, fundoscopic exams, and optical coherence tomography.
Individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should undergo a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year, even if they are not experiencing any eye or health-related problems and have stable blood sugar levels.