Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, making it a leading cause of blindness among people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, contact Simply Eyes in Colleyville to schedule an eye exam. Our optometrists will monitor your eye health and diabetes-related eye problems to preserve your vision. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Diabetes may severely impact your eye health and vision. Diabetes can damage your blood vessels, including the tiny capillaries that feed your eyes. Damaged blood vessels can leak fluid into your eyes, causing a variety of conditions, including diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Additionally, diabetes can contribute to your risk of developing glaucoma and cataracts.
Diabetic retinopathy develops when the blood vessels in your eyes swell, leak, or close off completely, leading to new blood vessels growing on your retina. Diabetic macular edema occurs when the excess fluid in your eye causes swelling on your retina.
Many diabetes-related eye diseases do not cause symptoms in their early stages. However, if your diabetic eye problems are left untreated, you may experience symptoms such as:
Eventually, diabetes can damage your vision and lead to blindness. If you have diabetes, having routine eye exams is critical to protecting your eye health.
The team at Simply Eyes screens for signs of diabetic eye disease during comprehensive eye exams. The optometrist examines the inner structures of your eyes, including your retina for signs of damage. Dr. Bui or Dr. Pham detects abnormal blood vessel growth, swelling, or bleeding in your retinas. They also check for retinal detachment, glaucoma, and optic nerve abnormalities.
Your optometrist may use additional testing such as optical coherence tomography or digital retinal imaging to study your retina and the blood vessels in your eyes.
Also, during your eye exam, your doctor will test your vision to see whether diabetes is interfering with your ability to see clearly.
Diabetic retinopathy may be treated with lasers to drain and close swollen and abnormal blood vessels in your eye. Medications may be injected into your eye to reduce blood vessel growth.
You should also make sure to manage your diabetes by eating a healthy, low-sugar diet, getting daily exercise, and taking medication as directed by your physician.
If you have diabetes and are due for an eye exam, call Simply Eyes or make an appointment online today.