Eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy, affect almost all Type 1 diabetes sufferers and more than 60% of Type 2 diabetes sufferers. Some people with Type 2 diabetes already have diabetic retinopathy at the time of their diagnosis. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams are crucial. At Classic Vision Care, with two Marietta offices and a Kennesaw, Georgia, location, the experienced optometrists can diagnose, treat, and prevent diabetic eye disease. Arrange your appointment using the online scheduler or call your nearest office now.
A diabetic eye exam is a comprehensive eye exam in which your Classic Vision Care optometrist examines all parts of your eyes while dilated.
In particular, a diabetic eye exam focuses on the retina, the cells that sense light at the back of your eye. The retina is the part of the eye most commonly damaged by diabetes.
The goal of diabetic eye exams is an early diagnosis of conditions like diabetic retinopathy, in which your retinal blood vessels are damaged.
When diagnosed early, your optometrist can help you manage the condition to keep it from progressing and possibly causing vision loss. That’s why identifying diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic eye damage even before you have symptoms is important.
The American Diabetes Association® recommends:
Type 1 diabetes sufferers should have a diabetic eye exam within five years of disease diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes sufferers should have an exam immediately after disease diagnosis.
Your Classic Vision Care provider designs the right schedule for you. Most people with diabetes need an annual diabetic eye exam, at a minimum.
But, if you develop diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, or other eye problems related to your disease you’ll likely need more frequent check-ups.
Your Classic Vision Care provider can help you maintain good eye health, as long as you commit to regular diabetic eye exams to check for changes in your eyes.
If you already have diabetic eye damage, your optometrist might diagnose you with diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, or another eye disease.
Treatment may start with monitoring, in which you'll have regular visits so your optometrist can measure and assess any changes in your eyes.
If your diabetic eye disease causes obvious symptoms like blurry vision or spots in your vision, you might need advanced treatment. Your Classic Vision Care optometrist can refer you to a local ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced treatments like laser therapy and eye surgery.
If you have diabetes, schedule your Atlanta area diabetic eye exam as soon as possible to protect your eye health. Call the Classic Vision Care office nearest you, or book an appointment online anytime.