Our Commitment: Diabetic Eye Exam
Did you know diabetes, if not treated properly, could lead to blindness?
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal and affects more than 30 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk of other serious health issues, such as eye disease and vision impairment. Diabetic retinopathy, particularly, is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is when high blood sugar levels cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which is located in the back of the eye.
Your vision health is a part of our overall commitment to you as a patient. If you have diabetes, we recommend you see a trained eye specialist, who treats people with your condition, for an annual diabetic eye exam. Many people may not realize they have an issue until the problem becomes worse. An eye specialist has equipment to check the back of the eye more thoroughly than a routine medical exam might allow.
In the meantime, there are other steps you can take to avoid eye problems related to diabetes. The following are recommendations by the American Diabetes Association:
- Maintain strict control of blood sugar levels. A previous trial reported that individuals being treated for diabetes got retinopathy four times as often as people who maintained normal blood sugar.
- Keep high blood pressure (hypertension) under control, as it can make eye problems worse.
- Quit smoking.
- See an eye care professional at least once a year.
- You should also see your eye care professional if you:
- Develop blurry vision
- Have trouble reading
- See double
- Have pain in one or both of your eyes
- Develop redness in the eyes that won’t go away
- Feel pressure in the eye
- See spots or “floaters”
- Have trouble seeing straight lines
- Can’t see things from the side
If you would like to schedule a diabetic eye exam, please contact your eye care professional or primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call (601) 261-3518 and a member of our staff will assist you in finding one.