The EyeDoctors Optometrists is staffed with highly skilled eye doctors who use the latest technology to conduct comprehensive eye exams for people with diabetes. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing certain eye diseases which is why it’s imperative for people with diabetes to get annual comprehensive eye exams. Our eye doctors diagnose and treat a variety of diabetic eye diseases, which are the leading cause of permanent blindness in adults.
The EyeDoctors Optometrists has diabetic eye care specialists in our locations serving Kansas.
Can Diabetes Be Diagnosed with an Eye Exam?
Eye doctors are often the first health professionals to detect undiagnosed diabetes in their patients. Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and other diabetic eye diseases can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Comprehensive eye exams can lead to the early detection of diabetes through the evaluation of blood vessels, optic nerves, and other complex eye structures. Your eyes can provide important clues about conditions that pose serious risks to your health. A standard vision screening only measures an individual’s sight and does not facilitate the discovery of diabetes or other serious diseases.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Diabetic Eye Disease?
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. Over time, diabetes can cause damage to your eyes that can lead to poor vision or even blindness. Treatment of diabetic retinopathy varies depending on the extent of the disease. If you are diabetic, you can help prevent or slow the development of diabetic retinopathy by exercising regularly, taking prescribed medication, controlling your blood sugar, healthy dieting, and avoiding smoking and alcohol. There is no cure for most diabetes-related conditions, but there are several medications and procedures that may reverse or prevent further damage. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are lifelong conditions and without proper management, diabetic eye disease will continue to progress. The optometrists can assist patients with diabetes by managing and treating the complications and progression of diabetic eye disease.
The Experienced Diabetic Eye Specialists at The EyeDoctors Optometrists
At The EyeDoctors Optometrists, our doctors are specialists in treating diabetes-related eye conditions. Prevention of diabetes-related eye diseases includes blood sugar and blood pressure control, and weight management. Follow your doctor’s advice for diet and exercise that can help control the progression of the disease.
The EyeDoctors Optometrists, recommend anyone with diabetes schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye exams are a vital part of your overall health and many eye conditions have no symptoms before they become serious. By scheduling yearly preventative eye care from our optometrists, we can detect, help prevent, diagnose, and treat diabetic eye conditions that can result in vision loss. Schedule an appointment for a diabetic eye exam today!
While a referral is not necessary, The EyeDoctors Optometrists recommend that a patient request a referral from a primary care physician or optometrist before scheduling a diabetic eye exam. A referral ensures that a patient is seen by the appropriate specialist for his or her condition. The EyeDoctors Optometrists coordinates with primary care physicians and ophthalmologists to share important details about a patient’s health. Additionally, your insurance provider may require a referral before covering a diabetic eye exam.
A diabetic eye exam is considered a preventative health care service, helping patients reduce the risks for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Regular eye exams are extremely important for patients with diabetes and many patients with diabetic eye diseases do not exhibit noticeable symptoms or vision problems until the disease has progressed into later stages.
A diabetic eye exam typically lasts for one to two hours, depending on the tests that are included in the exam. For instance, it takes 15 to 30 minutes for a patient’s pupils to dilate after a doctor has administered eye drops. A patient with more advanced or complex diabetic eye disease often requires longer appointments and additional retinal imaging and treatment options may extend the time of an exam.