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DIABETES-RELATED EYE ISSUES
At Kresie and Penzler we
realize the ability to see is a
gift that we often take for granted, Thats why its so
important if you have diabetes to take care of your eyes
and have them checked with a yearly eye exam. In many
cases, early detection and treatment of eye problems can
help you avoid permanent damage to your eyesight.
What to Expect
In a dilated eye exam, a few drops will be placed in
each eye to widen the pupils. The doctor then will
examine the back of your eye by looking through a
special magnifying lens. This enables the doctor to
identify and problems or early signs of disease such
as changes to the blood vessels before you notice any
changes in your vision. The exam only takes a few
minutes, but your close-up vision may remain a little
blurred for a few hours afterwards.
Crucial Care for
Dilated eye exams are especially important for
people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, because
they are at high risk for vision problems. Nearly half
of all people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have some
form of diabetic retinopathy, which potentially can lead
to blindness. The good news is that finding and treating
the problem early can prevent or delay blindness in 90
percent of cases.
Many people with diabetic
retinopathy dont realize they have the condition
without an eye exam because it often causes no pain or
symptoms in its early stages. However, if you experience
any of the following warning signs, see your eye doctor
Flashes of light in your eyes
Point or pressure in your eyes
Black spots in your vision
Rings around lights
Sudden loss of vision
Bottom line? Dont close
your eyes to potential vision problems. Visit your eye
doctor regularly for a dilated eye exam.
Diabetic retinopathy is a
complication of diabetes and is caused by changes in the
blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye.
When blood vessels are damaged, they leak fluid or
blood and may grow weak, brush-like branches and scar
tissue. As a result, images that the retina sends to the
brain can appear blurry or distorted.
What are the risk
factors for diabetic retinopathy?
You have type 1 diabetes
You have type 2 diabetes
You do not follow a strict diet
You do not control your blood sugar levels
Reducing Your Risk
To reduce your risk or manage the disease, everyone
with type 2 diabetes must be seen at least yearly by an
ophthalmologist, Eye M.D., from the time of diabetes
diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with type 1
diabetes, you should see an ophthalmologist yearly
beginning five years after the time of diabetes
control of your blood sugar and following a strict diet
are essential to preventing diabetic retinopathy in
patients with diabetes.
Regular medical eye exams
can help prevent unnecessary vision loss. The American
Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends that adults with
no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline
eye disease screening at age 40 the time when early
signs of disease and changes in vision may occur. Based
on the results of the initial screening, and Eye M.D.
will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up