Diabetes is a disease that impairs the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin, creating an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in blood and urine. Along with irregular levels in the body, diabetes can cause an onslaught of other health problems and risks to the individual’s quality of life. In fact, diabetes can directly affect eyesight in negative ways.
Patients with diabetes are at a greater risk of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and more. Diabetic retinopathy causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina, decreasing vision, altering color perception and leading to blindness. Patients may also have difficulty dealing with increased difficulty seeing at night. With this increased risk factor, it is crucial for patients with diabetes to seek eye exams at least once every year.
Diabetes leads to a heightened importance
The issue with many eye diseases is that the symptoms are not detectable by the patient in the early stages. In many cases, a patient will gradually lose his or her vision and have no idea what is actually happening. Fortunately, at Invision Eye Care, we can help catch the signs early on and recommend the most effective treatment.
For any diabetic, frequent visits to the eye doctor once a year are ideal to ensure healthy vision. While some diabetics may decide that their main physician checking for eye issues is enough, it is far better to seek a professional specialist in optometry. A medical professional may be able to see if something is wrong, but will not have the skills to determine exactly what it is or catch warning signs of a more serious condition.
The proper tools with the professional expertise
At Invision Eye Care, we have the expertise and equipment to effectively examine patients’ vision. For instance, we may need to conduct a retinal exam, which only requires the doctor to use some eye drops in the patient’s eye. The eye drops dilate the pupils and allow for the doctor to examine the retina, optic disc and the underlying layer of blood vessels that help nourish the retina. It is a painless procedure that lets us identify if there are any issues with one’s vision.
While some of these tests may seem simple, they require a professional’s knowledge to accurately interpret the results. These tests help us measure each patient’s vision and determine the best form of treatment. We can determine if the patient has a serious vision disease or may simply need glasses.
The key to treating many eye diseases is early prevention methods. For instance, we cannot restore any vision one loses to glaucoma. However, we can prevent and sometimes eliminate any further loss of vision if we detect glaucoma in the early stages. The best way to prevent the loss of vision and early detection is through regular eye exams.
Schedule regular eye exams
To begin the process, we will need new patients to fill out a “New Patient Information Form” that covers the patient’s medical history, current condition, insurance information and any other health issues that are pertinent to the treatment. It is preferable to fill this form out at home by printing it off our website and bringing it to the appointment. We can also help patients fill out any areas that confuse them at the office.
We will then use this information to develop a treatment plan after the examination. With the treatment plan, we will be able to help the patient improve his or her condition. We can also schedule follow-up appointments if the patient needs continued treatment for a condition. If you need an eye exam, regardless of having diabetes or not, give us a call at (407) 627-0579 to schedule an appointment today.
If you would like to learn more about diabetic-eye-exam and the various treatments we provide, call (407) 627-0579 to schedule a consultation.