Because diabetes can cause serious eye damage, everyone who suffers from prediabetes and diabetes should have regular diabetic eye exams. During a diabetic eye exam at American Vision Center in Bloomington, Illinois, highly experienced optometrist J.E. Tallis, OD, uses state-of-the-art equipment to check for diabetes complications like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. With early detection, you can minimize the damage and preserve your vision, so make your appointment now using the online scheduler or by calling the office.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetes sufferers have annual diabetic eye exams. Eye problems including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts are a serious risk for diabetics, and you may not have obvious symptoms of these diseases early on.
A diabetic eye exam can identify diabetic eye disease long before it’s advanced enough to cause vision problems. It’s important to identify these diseases as soon as they appear, so you can take steps to preserve your vision.
After eye dilation, Dr. Tallis takes photos of your retina using an optical coherence tomographer (OCT). The OCT captures images of all your retina layers using light waves. The whole appointment is quick and easy, usually lasting just about half an hour.
Diabetic retinopathy is by far the most common diabetic eye disease. It affects roughly one of every three diabetes sufferers. In diabetic retinopathy, the small blood vessels within your retina are seriously damaged because of high blood sugar. It can cause blurry vision, spots in your vision, and possibly blindness, if untreated.
Diabetic retinopathy can cause another serious vision problem called diabetic macular edema, in which the macula portion of your retina accumulates eye fluid. It's the most common reason for blindness in diabetic retinopathy sufferers. Diabetic macular edema tends to develop in advanced diabetic retinopathy but can occur at any point.
If you have diabetic retinopathy or another diabetic eye disease, there are many ways to preserve your vision. Dr. Tallis may prescribe medication, eye drops, or surgery depending on your needs. Of course, it’s important to keep blood sugar tightly controlled as well.
Glaucoma, in which your eye fluid pressure is too high, can happen when you have diabetic retinopathy. The abnormal blood vessels caused by diabetic retinopathy can prevent proper eye drainage, causing glaucoma. Glaucoma can cause seriously diminished vision or blindness over time.
Cataracts are another possible diabetic eye problem. The high blood sugar of uncontrolled diabetes can trigger cataract growth, which clouds your vision and can eventually cause blindness, if not treated.
Regular diabetic eye exams are essential in maintaining your eye health and good vision, so book your exam by calling American Vision Center or clicking the online scheduler now.