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.
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!
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:
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.