Patients with diabetes require a special level of attention when it comes to eye health. The SJEA team is fully trained and equipped to help you maintain your vision despite diabetes.
Request an appointment for your diabetic eye exam.
SJEA OFFERS A HIGH STANDARD OF CARE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
We are committed to your eye health, which means we insist on gathering the most comprehensive data possible. We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic technology to provide us with a complete understanding of your ocular needs.
All of our diabetic eye exams include highly detailed testing with some of the best technology the eye care industry has to offer, including the Daytona Optos, the Cirrus 5000 OCT, and the Topcon Maestro OCT.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD PEOPLE WITH DIABETES HAVE EYE EXAMS?
Patients with diabetes need to see their Optometrist more often than the average person does. The American Optometric Association recommends people with diabetes have their eyes examined at least once a year, however, this is solely a baseline.
Your Optometrist is the best person to tell you how often you need an eye examination. Be sure to follow their recommended schedule closely.
Why Do People with Diabetes Need More Frequent Eye Exams?
Diabetes affects the blood vessels, which of course, affects the whole body. Blood glucose levels can have a significant impact on your vision, potentially even resulting in blindness if not properly addressed and monitored.
By seeing your Optometrist on a more regular basis, you are taking a proactive role in your own eye health. High-resolution imaging and intensive diagnostics offer detailed insight into the structure of your eyes, allowing your doctor to detect any signs of diabetic eye disease before it becomes too severe.
WHAT IS DIABETIC EYE DISEASE?
The term diabetic eye disease is somewhat of an umbrella term designed to cover any eye condition that could develop as a direct result of diabetes. Many of these conditions can also occur in patients who do not have diabetes, such as:
- Age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic eye disease also includes two conditions that are exclusive to patients with diabetes.
Years of fluctuating blood glucose levels can be incredibly harmful to the retina’s delicate blood vessels. As time goes on, these blood vessels can become so damaged that they start to leak blood and fluid into the retina.
The body tries to replace damaged blood vessels by growing new ones, however, the new blood vessels are often weak and irregular; causing further bleeding. Over time, this can lead to retinal scarring, which can cause vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema
If diabetic retinopathy goes unchecked, it may eventually develop into diabetic macular edema. As damaged and irregular blood vessels continue to bleed and leak, the macula, which is responsible for central vision, starts to fill with fluid and swell. The end result is a significant loss of vision.