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Diabetic Eye Exams

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, common in people with diabetes, can lead to vision loss and blindness by affecting the blood vessels in the retina. If you have diabetes, have a yearly eye exam to monitor your eye health.

But what you may not realize is that people with diabetes almost always have unique eye care needs and considerations, even if their blood sugar is well controlled.

Macular Edema

Macular edema occurs when blood vessels leak into the macula, a part of the retina, leading to swelling and blurry vision. The main cause is often diabetic retinopathy, which can result in vision loss.

To prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy:

Discuss blood sugar control with your primary care doctor, as high levels can damage retinal blood vessels, leading to vision loss.

If you have high blood pressure or kidney issues, consult your doctor for effective management and treatment.

Schedule regular dilated eye exams with your ophthalmologist, even if you don’t notice vision problems. Diabetic retinopathy can be detected early.

If you observe changes in vision in one or both eyes, contact your ophthalmologist immediately.

Seek treatment for diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible to prevent vision loss. Early intervention is key.