Our Fairview eye exam is dedicated to more than just determining your current vision requirements so that you can get the contact lenses or eyeglasses you need to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or some combination of those. At Sunrise Optical, our eye doctor also screens you for the most common eye diseases. This is important for everyone, since conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can occur in anyone, regardless of your age, heredity, or medical history. However, for those with type one or type two diabetes, there is a special concern when it comes to eye health. Diabetic eye care requires testing you for the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes has a variety of complications associated with it, and this includes your eyes. Your retinal blood vessels may become damaged due to fluctuations in your blood sugar. If it is not treated and managed properly, the result can be the complete blockage of blood flow to your eyes, and consequentially, loss of vision. As with many eye diseases, there are no symptoms evident in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, which is why our Fairview eye exam once per year is so essential. By detecting the problem in a timely manner, the odds of successful treatment outcomes is much higher.
There are, however, symptoms that can indicate that you might have diabetic retinopathy. Among them are blurred vision, any degree of loss of vision, problems perceiving colors, and floaters (spots in your field of vision). If you notice any of the signs mentioned, call us promptly to schedule our Fairview eye exam, no matter when you had your most recent one. Depending on how far your retinopathy has advanced, you may need no treatment at all, at least right away. You should consult with your primary care physician to ensure that your blood sugar level is being kept in check, and follow any recommendations on diet and exercise. Laster treatments are helpful for repairing damaged blood vessels in your eyes, too. Don’t let diabetes cause damage to your eyes or hurt your visual capacity. Let us help you keep your eyes healthy.