Diabetic Eye Exams in Edison & Perth Amboy

Helping Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes prevents the body from making or using insulin. With those reduced insulin levels, blood sugar increases. This increased blood sugar increases the risk of developing eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma.

We can understand how diabetes affects your eyes and make recommendations to protect your long-term vision after completing a regular diabetic eye exam.

Why Do Diabetics Need An Eye Test?

Approximately one-third of people diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes show signs of diabetic retinopathy. With an increased risk of other vision-threatening eye diseases, having a regular diabetic eye exam is crucial to protecting vision.

Can An Optometrist Tell If You Have Diabetes?

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How Often Should Diabetics Have Eye Exams?

Since people with diabetes risk developing severe vision problems, they should visit an eye doctor yearly to monitor their condition.

What Does A Diabetic Eye Exam Include?

A diabetic eye exam focuses specifically on detecting signs of damage caused by increased blood sugar. Using a combination of techniques, we examine the interior structures of the eye to check for damaged blood vessels, which could be a sign of diabetic eye disease.

What Causes Diabetic Eye Disease?

Uncontrolled or unmanaged diabetes is a major contributing factor to diseases like diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Regulating blood sugar and consciously managing the disease can reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damaged or abnormal blood vessels forming on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Damaged blood vessels can cut off the blood supply to the retina, which means the eye tries to grow new blood vessels. These new blood vessels can leak, causing damage because they don’t develop properly.

Can You Reverse Diabetic Retinopathy?

We cannot reverse diabetic retinopathy in most cases. Some treatments can improve vision-related symptoms; however, most diabetic retinopathy treatments focus on preventing the condition from worsening.

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