Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, and other eye conditions.
The complications resulting from diabetes and its high blood sugar levels can be drastic.
Damage to the small blood vessels and other components in your eyes can lead to a myriad of troubling vision issues.
General practitioners do not have access to the same equipment or specialized training required to detect the effects of diabetes on your eyes.
The American Diabetes Association advises that only an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist can diagnose Diabetic Eye Disease. The ADA strongly recommends annual eye exams to monitor your eye health.
Important Information About Diabetes and Your Eyes
We do our absolute best to ensure our patients are comfortable during the entire eye exam process. None of the procedures are painful and most exams are completed within 60 minutes.
Annual eye exams are recommended for patients with diabetes or other health conditions that increase risk of eye disease.
Our Optometrist may want to see you more than once per year if they detect a condition that requires close supervision. Your vision is our priority.
Diabetics have an increased risk for certain eye conditions. We advise you to closely monitor your visual quality and to see us if you notice any changes.
Sudden or even subtle changes may indicate the development of an eye condition. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please schedule an eye exam with our Optometrist. Early detection and treatment is key to maintaining your vision.
Symptoms may include:
We value your time and want to provide the best care we can for your vision health. Every month we have an Ophthalmologist come to our clinic to consult with and look after our cataract patients.
We know that managing diabetes is a team effort. Receiving annual eye exams and maintaining appropriate blood sugar/blood pressure levels is an excellent start. By keeping the lines of communication open with your family doctor and our Optometrist, we believe you will have the best chance of maintaining good ocular health and vision quality throughout your lifetime.