Complications can arise from having been diagnosed with diabetes. However, did you know that diabetes can also significantly impact your eyes? Regular eye exams ensure that your eyes are healthy and functioning optimally.
Diabetes and the Eye
Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which is part of the eye responsible for vision. This condition is known as diabetic retinopathy and can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. Regular dilated eye exams can help identify diabetic retinopathy early on, allowing for timely treatment and management.
During an eye exam, your doctor will also dilate your pupils, which involves using eye drops to widen the pupils. This allows for a more thorough retina examination, allowing the doctor to identify any signs of damage or abnormalities.
Dilating the pupils during an eye exam can also help identify other potential problems, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. These conditions can also significantly impact your vision and overall eye health.
Early detection and management of all eye conditions are crucial in preventing further damage to your eyes and preserving your vision. Regular eye exams can also provide valuable insight into your overall health. Certain eye conditions can be linked to other health issues, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
At the end of your visit, the doctor will also provide a report to your medical doctor managing your diabetes.
At Southland Eye, we provide comprehensive eye exams and ongoing monitoring for patients with diabetes. Our doctors are experienced in identifying and managing diabetic eye conditions and are dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care for all our patients.
If you have diabetes, don’t neglect your eye health. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with us today and ensure your eyes are healthy and functioning optimally.