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.
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:
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.
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:
Using a specialized eye drop, your pupils are dilated in order for your ophthalmologist to visualize the internal structures of your eye.
With your eyes dilated, a digital image of your retina and other structures can be taken.
Also called tonometry, this test measures the internal pressure of your eye, identifying risk factors for glaucoma.
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.
Exam findings that can indicate diabetes has affected your eyesight include:
Early detection of these findings can help to prevent symptoms from worsening to avoid irreparable vision loss.
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:
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.