Diabetes Comes with Eye Health Risks
When you live with diabetes, you also live with an increased risk for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema. Since these diseases don’t always come with apparent symptoms, an eye doctor may be the only one who can spot them before they severely impact your vision.
Eye exams are important for everyone. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with diabetes, you’ll need to have your eyes examined at least once every year. Our eye doctors can recognize diabetic eye problems before they progress and act fast to help preserve your sight.
Make sure your eyes get the support they need. Book a diabetic eye exam with us now.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Blood and fluid leaking from damaged vessels may obscure your vision. In advanced cases, your eye may respond by growing new blood vessels, creating scar tissue that can lead to retinal detachment and vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Glaucoma is a class of eye diseases related to optic nerve damage, which is often caused by high pressure inside the eye. Diabetes doubles your risk for open-angle glaucoma, which generally has no symptoms until it permanently impacts your vision.
Cataracts are caused by proteins grouping together to form cloudy patches in your eye’s natural lens. When cataracts become large enough, they can obscure your entire lens and eventually cause blindness.
When to Get Diabetic Eye Exams
People with diabetes need annual eye exams to look for warning signs of associated eye diseases. Monitoring your eyes more frequently keeps us informed about the risks you face and makes it easier to intervene with any problems that appear.
Don’t face the risk of diabetic eye disease alone. Book your next exam with us now.