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Diabetic Eye Exam

Keeping an Eye on Your Diabetes Could Save Your Vision

As a diabetic, there are a lot of things to remember and a lot of things to keep track of. Trying to regulate your whole body can be such a daunting and overwhelming task. That’s why the doctors at Shelburne Primary EyeCare are experts in diabetic eyecare and are here to help.

We will happily care for, track, and test the health of your eyes so you can focus on the other things you need to stay happy and healthy. Contact us today for your diabetic eye exam.

You should have your eyes examined at least once a year.

How are Diabetic Eye Exams Different From Standard Eye Exams

Diabetes puts you at a higher than average risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other serious eye conditions. Many of these issues start to cause damage without any noticeable symptoms, making an eye exam your only hope of early detection.

In a diabetic eye exam, we use more thorough screening processes to search for disease and the highest level of technology available to us to investigate the inside of your eyes. We give you eye drops to dilate your pupil, essentially giving us a bigger window through which to look into your eyes.

We will go through our findings with you and take the time to answer your questions. We want you to leave feeling satisfied and confident that we have your eye health under control.

Diabetic Eye Disease

The phrase diabetic eye disease is a catch-all term used to describe eye diseases that are commonly or exclusively found in diabetic patients. The most common components of diabetic eye disease are diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Increased blood glucose levels can cause damage to the blood vessels in and around the retinas. After a certain point, these blood vessels can start to leak into the eye, obscuring the retina with blood and fluid, causing vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy is painless and starts to develop without symptoms. This means the only way to catch and slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy is through annual eye exams.

Diabetic Retinopathy can be treated through a variety of methods. Lasers can be used to stop or slow the leakage in a process called photocoagulation. Scatter laser treatment also uses lasers, however, in this case, they are used to shrink the blood vessels. There is also the option of a vitrectomy: a surgery to remove the fluid inside the eye, replacing it with saline.

Diabetic Macular Edema

Left untreated, diabetic macular edema (or DME) can lead to blindness. And since DME often does not show any symptoms, the only way to ensure it is caught and dealt with early is through regular eye exams.

The blood leakage from diabetic retinopathy can cause the retina to swell, essentially covering the macula, which is responsible for your central field of vision. Over time, the cells in the macula can begin to die. This damage is irreversible, however, if caught early enough, it can be prevented.

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