Our Cliffside Park optometrist, Dr. David Iosebashvili, takes the time to explain to each of our patients that diabetes increases your risk of cataracts and glaucoma, and has also been known to cause the eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is caused by changes in the blood vessels of your retina that swell and leak fluid. The diabetic eye exam is especially important because you can actually have diabetic retinopathy without initially noticing any changes to your vision. When left untreated it can worsen in time and cause vision loss. During our comprehensive exam, which is the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy, your pupil is dilated, a device called an ophthalmoscope is used to view your retina, and the extent of the retinopathy will be established. The best therapy is prevention and studies have shown that strict control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower the risk of any loss of vision from this disease.
Earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy, through dilated eye exams, can help you decide to have surgery when it will be the most effective. Dr. losebashvili will explain the best treatment options for you so you know what to expect as you proceed. If you have diabetes, our Cliffside Park optometrist can’t stress enough how important regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams are, especially to prevent loss of vision. Not only are they necessary to detect any threatening problems, but to help treat them as well.
Statistics show that in the United States alone, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. Our Cliffside Park optometrist, at Sunrise Optical, is here to diagnose, treat, prevent and educate you, so you not only know what your best treatment choices are but understand them as well. We are aware that the general doctor who treats your diabetes also checks your eyes, but you should still get an eye exam every one to two years by our eye doctor who specializes in people with diabetes.