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If you have Diabetes, you should get a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year, even if your vision is good. In its early stages, diabetic eye disease often has no symptoms. A dilated eye exam allows your ophthalmologist to examine more thoroughly the retina and optic nerve for signs of damage before you notice any change to your vision. Regularly monitoring your eyes’ health allows your ophthalmologist to begin treatment as soon as possible if signs of disease do appear.

Communication With Your Primary Care Doctor

Your primary care physician needs the results of your dilated exam, in order to better manage your overall care. We know it is vital to communicate this information quickly and accurately. Our system allows us to transmit your results either electronically or by fax, typically the same day, and sometimes before you have even left our office!

How Diabetes Affects the Eyes

If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing certain eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Although there may be not symptoms early on, as the disease progresses, diabetic retinopathy symptoms may include:

  • Spots, dots or cobweb-like strings floating in your vision (called floaters);
  • Blurred vision;
  • Vision that changes periodically from blurry to clear;
  • Blank or dark areas in your field of vision;
  • Poor night vision;
  • Colors appear washed out or different;
  • Vision loss.

The good news is that you can preserve your vision and reduce your chances of eye disease. Follow these steps now to make sure you preserve your vision in the years to come.

  1. Get a yearly dilated eye exam
  2. Control your blood sugar
  3. Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Exercise