In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. While diabetes can cause cataracts and glaucoma, it can also affect the blood circulation to your eye and can cause the devastating eye diseases known as Diabetic Retinopathy. Often, one may not be aware of any symptoms even when significant diabetic retinopathy is present, so it is important to visit Somerset Hills Eye Care Center for Bedminster diabetic eye care and screenings as an eye exam is the only means of detecting Diabetic Retinopathy.
Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop eye problems. However, diabetics can significantly reduce eye complications with annual eye exams to evaluate and monitor their retinal health. At Somerset Hills Eye Care Center, as part of your Bedminster diabetic eye care, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam and diabetic screening which includes a visual acuity test, pupil dilation, and careful examination of your retina. After the pupil is dilated, a device is used to view the retina and determine the extent of the retinopathy. Our optometrist may administer a fluorescein dye test as part of our diabetic screening, where an injection of dye into a vein in the arm is followed by several minutes of retinal photos being taken. This creates a detailed cross-sectional image of the eye, allowing our optometrist to better determine the extent of your retinopathy. However, the best therapy for diabetic retinopathy, as with most optical ailments, is prevention. Studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can significantly lower the risk of vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy.
If you are experiencing blurred vision to any extent, or notice small specks or large floaters obscuring your vision, especially if you are diabetic, is it vital to your optical and overall health that you contact Somerset Hills Eye Care Center for comprehensive eye exams and Bedminster diabetic eye care. Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, but it can easily be prevented by calling and scheduling an appointment with us today.