Why do Diabetics Need Eye Exams?
What is Diabetes?
Diabetic Eye Diseases:
Diabetic Retinopathy – serious damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye blocks vision
Glaucoma – an increase in pressure in the eye which can lead to nerve damage and vision loss
Cataracts – cloudy vision
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:
Symptoms often only develop once the disease has reached a serious stage
Blurred vision can occur when the macula swells
The macula is the part of the eye responsible for crisp vision
Blood vessels in the back of the eye become damaged by this swelling and begin to bleed, blocking vision
How is Diabetic Retinopathy detected?
How to Manage Diabetes and your risk for Diabetic Retinopathy?
- During your eye exam, you will be given medicated drops to dilate your pupils and view your eyes to check for signs of disease.
- It is recommended by your eye doctor to have diagnostic testing of your retina yearly; such as Digital Retinal Imaging
- To decrease the risk of Diabetic Retinopathy, keep all blood sugar, blood pressure, as well as cholesterol levels in check
If you or someone you know has Diabetes, stress the importance of having yearly eye health screenings! Optometrists are trained to diagnose and help prevent conditions such as Diabetic Retinopathy!
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