If you have diabetes, it is important that you have regular eye exams to avoid common diabetic-related eye problems, such as diabetic retinopathy. Allen Smith, OD, and Nicole Gdowski, OD, of Lifetime Eyecare, located in Jenison, Michigan, are experienced at helping you lower your risk of long term vision loss. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, call or schedule an appointment online with their office.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes a buildup of glucose in your blood. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes do not produce or use proper amounts of insulin to adequately process glucose, causing chronically elevated blood sugars.
Especially if blood sugar is not well controlled, diabetes can cause irreparable damage to all systems of the body, including the eyes. Diabetes causes tissues and blood vessels to become brittle, and prone to damage and injury. This can affect the eyes by increasing your risk for:
Having regular, diabetic-specific eye care can help to prevent, diagnose, and maintain eye conditions that could cause impaired vision.
If you have diabetes, Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski recommend you have an eye exam on a yearly basis unless you have signs of progressive eye disease. If you have signs of eye disease, you should get an exam more often.
During your exam, you’ll have the following tests.
If you show any signs of eye disease, Dr. Smith or Dr. Gdowski may order more tests to evaluate any areas of concern.
During your diabetic eye exam, Dr. Smith or Dr. Gdowski is looking for any changes or signs of eye problems, such as:
Early detection and treatment of these eye changes go a long way in protecting your vision for the long-term.
You can do a lot to lower your risks of diabetes-related vision problems, including:
Most importantly, if you recognize any changes in your vision or eyesight, contact your diabetic eye care specialist at Lifetime Eyecare immediately.
For an evaluation and ongoing diabetic eye care, call or book an appointment online with Lifetime Eyecare.