Diabetic Eye Care Specialist

Rothchild Eye Institute

Ophthalmologists located in Delray Beach, FL

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you receive ongoing, expert eye care to prevent diabetes-related vision loss. Eric J. Rothchild, MD, and his team at Rothchild Eye Institute, which serves patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida, are committed to helping you protect your eyesight and avoid devastating eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy. For an evaluation and ongoing diabetic eye care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetic Eye Care Q & A

How can diabetes affect my vision?

Diabetes is a metabolic problem that causes elevated blood sugars. Chronically elevated blood sugar, or increased glucose levels, affect all the tissues of your body, including the blood vessels of your eye.

Diabetes causes the tissues of your blood vessels to be thin and brittle, increasing your risk for:

  • Diabetic retinopathy, or injury to the retina
  • Diabetic macular edema, caused by diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma, or increased pressure inside the eye
  • Cataracts, which is clouding of the cornea

Expert diabetic eye care from the team at Rothchild Eye Institute can help to prevent, detect, and closely monitor you for long-term vision loss.

What does effective diabetic eye care entail?

The ophthalmologists at Rothchild Eye Institute recommend comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis, and more often if needed. A comprehensive diabetic eye exam includes:

Dilation

Using a specialized eye drop, your pupils are dilated in order for your ophthalmologist to visualize the internal structures of your eye.

Digital retinal photography

With your eyes dilated, a digital image of your retina and other structures can be taken.

Eye pressure measurement

Also called tonometry, this test measures the internal pressure of your eye, identifying risk factors for glaucoma.

Visual acuity test

Helps identify changes in your ability to see at various distances using an eye chart test.

The findings of your comprehensive exam can be compared on a yearly basis to help identify any signs and track the progression of eye disease.

What are the symptoms of diabetes-related eye damage?

Exam findings that can indicate diabetes has affected your eyesight include:

  • New and leaking blood vessels
  • Fatty deposits or blood on your retina
  • Retinal detachment
  • Abnormalities with your optic nerve
  • Swelling of the macula
  • Damage to nerve tissue
  • Changes in your cornea, retina, or lens

Early detection of these findings can help to prevent symptoms from worsening to avoid irreparable vision loss.

What can I do to protect my eyes from diabetic complications?

Prevention and personal diabetic eye care can help protect your vision in the long term. Personal habits that can help you prevent diabetic visual complications include:

  • Controlling your blood sugar well
  • Having regular eye exams
  • Getting your eyes dilated yearly
  • Managing your high blood pressure (hypertension) or another chronic disease
  • Quitting smoking or using other forms of tobacco

Finally, follow up with your ophthalmologist when you experience any new visual changes. By working with your eye care specialist to continually maintain proper eye health, you can decrease your risk of having diabetes-related vision loss.

For an evaluation and diabetic eye care plan, call Rothchild Eye Institute or schedule an appointment online today.