Advantage Eyecare offers diagnostic testing to check for the presence of diabetes related eye diseases. Consistently high blood sugar levels can lead to loss of vision and blindness if left untreated.
Types of Diabetic Eye Disease
Undiagnosed and unmanaged diabetes can wreak havoc on your eyes in the form of diabetic retinopathy, which is a catch-all diagnosis to describe abnormalities with the blood vessels in the back of the eye. In its early stages, the blood vessels become blocked, creating pouches. If it is left untreated, it can develop into macular edema, which occurs when the macula swells. The final stage is called proliferative retinopathy. This is where new blood vessels start to grow. Unfortunately, these new blood vessels often leak.
Diabetics are also at an increased risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma. Cataracts cause white spots of cloudiness on the lens of the eye. Glaucoma is an abnormal increase in the pressure of the eye that can damage the optic nerve.
Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease
The early stages of diabetic eye disease often have no symptoms. This is why it is important to get annual eye exams and monitor your blood sugar levels to ensure they stay within the normal ranges.
Floaters or Spots
Loss of Night Vision
Loss of Visual Acuity
Sudden Change in Vision
Diabetic Eye Exams at Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills
Receiving an annual diabetic eye exam at Advantage Eyecare in Richland Hills with our optometrist, Dr Mark Schwartz, can help catch eye health problems and diseases at their earliest stages. Diabetic eye exams involve dilating your eyes and looking at the back of your eye to determine if there are any problems with your retina, the blood vessels in your eye and your optic nerve. In addition to dilating your eyes, we also test the pressure in your eyes and perform visual acuity tests to determine if you need corrective lenses.
To schedule a diabetic eye exam with Dr Mark Schwartz, call our office at 817-788-2020.
Did you know that diabetes can affect your eye health?