If you have diabetes, you’re at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the blood vessels in your eyes and can lead to vision problems. The dedicated ophthalmologists at Fry Eye Associates in Garden City, Kansas, offer comprehensive diabetic eye exams to diagnose and treat diabetes-related conditions in your eyes. Schedule your diabetic eye exam today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
People with diabetes have trouble regulating the level of sugar in their blood. Elevated blood sugar can lead to a condition known as retinopathy, which damages the vessels in the back of your eye that supply blood to your retina.
Your body responds to damaged retinal blood vessels by growing new blood vessels in a process called neovascularization. Those blood vessels, however, tend to be weaker and less effective than your original ones. They’re more prone to leaking or rupturing, which causes problems with your vision.
Diabetic retinopathy can cause:
It’s typically challenging to notice the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy when the disease is in its early stages, which is why it’s incredibly important to maintain regular eye exams with the professionals at Fry Eye Associates if you have diabetes.
When you come in for a diabetic eye exam, your ophthalmologist uses drops to dilate your pupils so that they can get a better look at the inside of your eyes to evaluate for damage.
Your doctor then takes cross-section images of your eyes, called optical coherence tomography (OCT). These images enable your doctor to see if you have any damaged blood vessels or leaking fluid.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, you should have your first eye exam within five years of your diagnosis, according to the American Diabetes Association. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you should have your exam as soon as possible after your diagnosis, since Type 2 diabetes tends to go undiagnosed for years, during which time you might have already started to develop diabetic retinopathy.
After your first exam, you should have a diabetic eye exam once a year, or more frequently if your doctor thinks it’s necessary.
Schedule your diabetic eye exam today by calling the offices at Fry Eye Associates or booking an appointment online.