Diabetic Eye Exams
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that can affect any person at any age. It is a metabolic disorder wherein the body has an inability to produce enough insulin. Because of this, the person's blood glucose (blood sugar) level is constantly higher than it should be. Over time, the disease can have an effect on the entire body, including the eyes.
How often do I need to have my eyes examined if I am diabetic?
Whether you have been a diabetic for several decades, or were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you need to have a dilated eye exam every year. Diabetes has the potential to damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina. If this happens, it is called "Diabetic Retinopathy" and could cause permanent damage to your vision.
Is a diabetic eye exam different?
Your diabetic eye exam is just like any other complete eye exam in our office, but you will also have your eyes dilated and photographed (Fundus Photo). This will enable the doctor to see the back of your eye - the retina, macula and optic nerve.
What happens if I am diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy?
If the doctor sees any damage to the back of your eye during your dilated exam, he may refer you to a retinal specialist that deals exclusively with the treatment of the back of the eye.