Diabetic Eyes Require Special Care & Attention
Eye Rx is here to give diabetic eyes the care and attention they require. Did you know that diabetes can be both detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms? This is just one of the reasons regular eye exams are a vital part of your overall health strategy.
Even if you’re not currently experiencing any other health problems and your blood sugar is well controlled using diet or medication, it’s still vital for you to visit your optometrist annually. The team at Eye Rx is here to lend a helping hand to your eyes.
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How Can Diabetes Affect Your Eyes?
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 diabetic retinopathy, which 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 2 and 5 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: Diabetes can cause swelling of the eye lens, causing blurry vision.
- Double Vision: Low blood sugar can lead to blurry vision.
Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy do not usually exhibit symptoms in their early stages, 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 blindness.
How Are Diabetic Eye Exams Different?
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 thorough tests we perform during a comprehensive eye exam, as well as a variety of diabetes-specific 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.