Diabetes can cause disruptive complications throughout your body, including vision loss. At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, Florida, Lawrence Clewner, MD, and William Kelly, MD, offer expert diabetic eye care to protect your eye health and sight. If you have diabetes and are due for an eye exam, call the office or make an appointment online today.
Diabetes damages your blood vessels, including the tiny veins and arteries in your eyes. Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness.
Around a third of people who have diabetes have diabetic retinopathy, a condition where damaged blood vessels in your eyes leak blood and other fluid. You also develop additional abnormal blood vessels in your eyes, which exacerbate the problem.
Diabetic retinopathy damages your retina with the additional blood vessels as well as the leaked fluids. Additionally, diabetic retinopathy increases your risk of glaucoma, macular edema, and cataracts.
Diabetic eye disease eventually causes symptoms, including:
However, in most cases, diabetic eye disease doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. Routine eye exams are the best way to monitor your eye health so you can get the treatment you need to save your vision as quickly as possible.
A diabetic eye exam is similar to a regular comprehensive eye exam. Your ophthalmologist tests your visual acuity and examines the front structures of your eye as well as your vitreous and retina.
Your ophthalmologist also dilates your pupils to examine your retina in more detail. Dilation allows your eye doctor to see more of your retina and take pictures to create a record of your eye health. These images allow your doctor to identify any changes quickly.
The first step in treating diabetic eye disease is to get your diabetes under control with diet, exercise, and medication. The team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center also provides personalized treatment to address your specific needs.
For example, they can prescribe medicated eye drops to reduce the pressure in your eyes or medicine to stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels on your retina. They also provide state-of-the-art laser procedures to remove abnormal blood vessels and scar tissue from your retina.
You should have a diabetic eye exam at least once a year. If you’re due for your eye exam, call Clewner & Kelly Eye Center or make an appointment online today.