Diabetes affects almost 10% of Americans and that number is rising. 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed every year in this country. This disease is especially prevalent in seniors, with 1 in 4 living with diabetes. Living with diabetes takes just a little bit of extra care, and that includes your eyes. For this reason, we have developed an eye exam just for these patients.
When you visit us to have your eyes examined, it is important to let us know you have diabetes. This will give us more insight into your eyes and ensure that we do everything necessary to ensure you have an exam designed just for you.
The exam is very much like the typical adult eye exam, with a few extra bells and whistles. Our exam rooms are fitted with high-tech optical cameras and equipment that allow us to look at your retina, lens, optic nerve, and blood vessels. We dilate your eyes with drops to widen our view so we can scrupulously inspect your eyes for any signs of diabetic eye disease.
Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop diabetic eye disease: a blanket term for a variety of ocular diseases including those exclusive to patients with diabetes. These conditions include:
These eye disorders all have the potential to cause severe vision loss or blindness. Those with diabetes are 2 to 5 times more likely to develop cataracts and at an earlier age. If you have diabetes, it is exceedingly important to have your eyes checked by an optometrist every year to avoid losing your eyesight.
In some cases, diabetic retinopathy progresses to diabetic macular edema. The fluid leaking from ruptured blood cells flows to the macula, clouding your vision. Almost half of those with diabetic retinopathy will experience DME.
Thankfully, there are treatment options for diabetic macular edema. Laser surgery can be used to seal the leaking blood vessels and limit the amount of fluid in the eye. Anti-VEGF injections may be useful in slowing the progression. While neither is a cure, they provide some hope of keeping your vision.
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