Individuals with diabetes have unique ocular health and visual needs and are significantly more likely to develop serious, vision-threatening conditions and diseases such as glaucoma. As such, individuals with diabetes should undergo a comprehensive diabetic eye exam at least once per year, though your optometrist may recommend more frequent visits.
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Diabetes & Your Eyes
Diabetes can actually be discovered using a comprehensive eye exam, which is just one of the many health-related reasons you should be visiting your optometrist regularly.
Diabetes is a systemic condition that affects our bodies in a wide variety of ways and has an impact on both our eyes and our overall health. Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop:
Though many of us will develop cataracts as we age, individuals with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop cataracts and are also more likely to develop them at a younger age. Individuals with diabetes may also find that their cataracts progress more quickly than they otherwise would.
Individuals with diabetes are also 40% more likely to develop glaucoma than individuals without diabetes. The longer you have had diabetes, the higher your risk. Glaucoma is a particularly serious condition because it is asymptomatic in its early stages, so you are not even aware you have it until you undergo a comprehensive eye exam.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the delicate blood vessels in our retinas. If it is allowed to progress, this serious condition can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.
Individuals with diabetes are also more likely to develop blurry vision, double vision, and experience frequent fluctuations in their eyeglass prescriptions.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Individuals with diabetes require special care and attention when it comes to their overall healthcare strategy and eye exams. La Paz Optometric Center offers specially tailored diabetic eye exams to ensure your eyes are getting the care and attention they require. La Paz Optometric Center uses a variety of instruments during our diabetic eye exams, including Optos widefield imaging, digital retinal imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy.
If you have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you should undergo an eye exam at least once per year, even if they are not currently experiencing any problems with their sight or overall health and are managing your blood sugar levels effectively.
All of our comprehensive eye exams include the Optovue iWellness Exam, which uses state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology to look at the layers of your retina where eye diseases typically first form. The Optovue iWellness Exam allows your optometrist to better screen for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.