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Why do Diabetics Need Eye Exams?

September 18th, 2017

September is National Healthy Aging month, as we mentioned in our post about Dry Eye Syndrome (which you can find here). Next, we would like to uncover the importance of eye exams for Diabetic patients. As well as the risks of Diabetic Retinopathy and other Diabetic Eye Diseases.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious condition wherein the body fails to produce enough insulin to make it function properly. A low insulin production causes sugar levels to increase.


Mismanaged diabetes leads to very serious complications like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and even amputation!


All diabetics need yearly comprehensive eye exams. Regular eye exams track damages to the blood vessels and light-sensitive tissues of the eyes. Keeping a watchful ‘eye’ on the situation prevents further damage.


Someone who has Diabetes is at greater risk for developing related eye conditions.


Diabetic Eye Diseases:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy – serious damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye blocks vision
  • Glaucoma – increased eye pressure that leads to nerve damage and loss of eyesight
  • Cataracts – characterized by cloudy vision

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:

  • Symptoms only develop once the disease reaches a serious stage
  • Blurred vision occurs when the macula swells; the macula is a part of the eye responsible for crisp vision
  • Blood vessels at the back of the eye become damaged by the swelling and begin to bleed after which the vision is blocked


Retinopathy progresses without showing any symptoms. Sufferers often learn about it after the damage has already occurred. Getting on with regular comprehensive eye examinations makes way for a maintained eye health!


How is Diabetic Retinopathy detected?

Undergo a yearly dilated eye exam to defend your eyes against Diabetic Retinopathy. Other diabetic eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts can also be detected during annual screenings.


Managing Diabetes and your risk for Diabetic Retinopathy

An annual diagnostic testing of the retina is recommended by eye doctors such as Digital Retinal Imaging. During an eye exam, medicated drops are used to dilate your pupils. This enables the eye doctor to view the eyes to check for signs of the disease.


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!


We complete comprehensive eye exams and digital retinal imaging on-site in Jacksonville. If you would like to book an appointment to complete an eye exam for yourself or your family click here.

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