Diabetes is a systemic condition that impacts the body in a variety of ways, and can negatively impact our eye health and vision. Individuals with diabetes have unique eye care needs and should visit their optometrist at least once per year.
Even if you’re not currently experiencing any health problems and your blood sugar is well controlled, it’s still vital for you to see your optometrist regularly.
To help ensure you get the care you need, when you need it, we work hard to keep wait times for eye exams as short as possible.
Are you due for an eye exam? Book your next appointment today.
How Diabetes Impacts Your Eyes
Diabetes can be detected and diagnosed using a comprehensive eye exam, even before you begin to experience symptoms. That’s just one of the many reasons you should have your eyes examined regularly.
Regular eye exams are vital to your overall health and wellbeing. Diabetes can impact your eye health and vision in a variety of ways, including making you more susceptible to several serious forms of eye disease and other vision compromising conditions, including:
- Cataracts: Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age than individuals without diabetes.
- Glaucoma: Diabetes doubles your chances of developing glaucoma.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Individuals with diabetes are much more likely to develop a group of serious conditions called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the delicate blood vessels in our eyes weaken, causing them to leak blood and other fluid. Your retinas may try to compensate by growing new blood vessels. However, these new blood vessels are typically weak and prone to leaking. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, your retina becomes oxygen-deprived and slowly dies.
- Diabetic Macular Edema: In its advanced stages, diabetes can cause fluid to accumulate under your macula. If left untreated, this can lead to central vision loss.
Both diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma don’t typically exhibit symptoms during their early stages, making them difficult to notice 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 blurry or double vision, as well as frequent prescription fluctuations.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Since individuals with diabetes have a higher risk of developing serious eye diseases and other eye health-related complications, Dorchester Optometry offers eye exams specially tailored to meet the vision and eye health needs of patients with diabetes.
Individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes should undergo a comprehensive eye exam annually, even if they have stable blood sugar levels and are not experiencing any other eye or health problems.
To help us better care for our patients with diabetes, Dorchester Optometry performs a series of tests using advanced technology, such as ultra-wide field retinal imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
When was your last diabetic eye exam? Book your next appointment today.