Diabetes is a systemic condition that impacts our bodies in a variety of ways, and can negatively impact your eye health and vision. Individuals with diabetes have unique health and eye care needs and should have their vision and eye health closely monitored.
Individuals with diabetes should undergo a diabetic eye exam at least once per year, even if they are not currently experiencing any other health problems and are controlling their blood sugar levels effectively. At Central Optometry, we pride ourselves on keeping our wait times for eye exams short, making it easy for you to get the care you need when you need it.
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Diabetes & Your Eyes
Diabetes can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam, even before you begin to exhibit noticeable symptoms. That’s just one of the many reasons you should be visiting your optometrist regularly. Routine eye exams are a critical component of your overall health care strategy.
Individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing a variety of serious conditions that, if left untreated, could compromise their vision. These conditions include:
- Diabetic Macular Edema: In its advanced stages, diabetes can cause fluid to accumulate under the macula, slowly damaging these delicate cells and leading to central vision loss.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetes damages the small, delicate blood vessels in your retina, causing them to become weak and leak blood and fluid. Your retina may try to compensate for this by growing new blood vessels, but these are generally not robust and are also prone to leakage. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, the damaged blood vessels are no longer able to provide your retina with the oxygen it needs, leading to vision loss.
- Cataracts: Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age than individuals who do not have diabetes.
- Glaucoma: Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma than those without diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma don’t typically exhibit symptoms until their more advanced stages, which makes them incredibly difficult to detect without a comprehensive eye exam. If these serious conditions are allowed to progress, they can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness.
Individuals with diabetes are also more likely to experience double vision and blurry vision, as well as frequent fluctuations in their prescription.
Diabetic Eye Exams
To help ensure diabetic eyes get the special care and attention they require, Central Optometry is proud to offer eye exams that are specifically tailored to meet the vision and eye health needs of patients with diabetes.
Individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes should undergo annual comprehensive diabetic eye exams, even if they have stable blood sugar levels and are not experiencing any eye health or vision problems.
During your diabetic eye exam, your optometrist will conduct a variety of tests, including ultra-widefield imaging of your retina and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) to look for signs of retinal issues.
For more information about our diabetic eye exams, or to book your next appointment, please contact our office.
Services We Offer
From annual eye exams to dry eye therapy, we take care of our patients’ eyes no matter their needs. By tailoring our approach to each individual, we are able to better preserve your ocular health.
We understand that your life is busy, but we also know the importance of regular visits to the optometrist. That’s why we offer evening hours on Wednesdays and are open on Saturdays.
And don’t forget, our online booking system is always available. It makes finding the best appointment time and date easy.
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