Diabetics must take extra precautions to ensure good health. That includes taking care of their eyes by visiting an ophthalmologist and having regular eye exams. At Reeve Woods Eye Center, we have been providing Chico residents with effective diabetic eye care for many years. If you or a loved one has diabetes, here’s what you need to know about caring for the diabetic eye.
Diabetic Vision Loss
Diabetes is the top cause of vision loss for those aged 18 to 64. Much of this is avoidable, as approximately 95% of all diabetic vision loss could be prevented through early detection. The symptoms associated with diabetic vision loss are not always obvious. Many people notice them only when their vision decline is too significant to ignore. By that time, it could be too late to do anything about it. Don’t risk it when a visit to our ophthalmologist can help you preserve your eyesight.
Early Signs and Symptoms of Vision Loss
What are some signs that you may be experiencing vision loss? Common problems with the diabetic eye include:
- Floaters or flashes of light
- Blurred eyesight
- Dark spots
- Poor night vision
At Reeves Woods Eye Center, we recommend annual eye exams even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. This allows our ophthalmologist to intervene early if necessary.
What to Expect During a Diabetic Eye Exam
A diabetic eye exam is more thorough than a regular eye examination. During your initial visit, we will assess your health history to determine your risk of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye diseases. Next, we will dilate your pupils to check for:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Retinal detachment
- The condition of optical nerves
- Swelling or fatty deposits
- Scar tissue
- Other abnormal growths
Eye dilation is painless, so you will not experience any discomfort whatsoever. However, many of our patients do notice some sensitivity to light and blurred vision afterward. For this reason, we recommend having someone available to drive you home from your appointment.
In many cases, we may have to perform additional testing beyond what is normally done during a normal eye exam. For example, we may use a special microscope or slit lamp to view your pupils. If necessary, we will also perform tests such as:
- A tonometry test to measure internal eye pressure
- Fluorescein angiography to pinpoint leaking blood vessels
- Eye muscle function tests
Contact Our Ophthalmologist for Diabetic Eye Care
Regular check-ups allow many of our patients to manage the symptoms of diabetic eye disease. For more information on diabetic eye care or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, call Reeve Woods Eye Center today at (530) 899-2244.