Perspective Family Eyecare
Optometry located in Crown Heights & Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can increase your risk of many health conditions, including those related to the eye. At Perspective Family Eyecare in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, Benjamin Arthur, OD, provides diabetic eye exams to monitor eye health for those with diabetes as well as comprehensive care to minimize damage and vision changes. To schedule your diabetic eye exam, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A
How does diabetes affect eye health?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that causes higher-than-normal blood sugars. The sugar in your blood comes from the food you eat and is meant to serve as a source of energy for the cells in your body.
If the sugar can’t get into the cell, it remains in your blood and damages your blood vessels and organs. Your retina contains tiny blood vessels that are highly susceptible to blood sugar damage, which may cause blood to leak into your eye. The increase in blood and fluids may affect eye pressure and increase your risk for glaucoma.
What is a diabetic eye exam?
The diabetic eye exam is a comprehensive eye exam for people with diabetes. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate the health of your eyes and your risk for diabetes-related eye conditions.
Dr. Arthur recommends a diabetic eye exam for those with diabetes at least every one to two years. You may need more frequent exams if you have previously been diagnosed with any eye conditions.
What can I expect during a diabetic eye exam?
You can expect a comprehensive examination from Dr. Arthur when you come to the office for a diabetic eye exam. During the exam, Dr. Arthur reviews your medical history and any diabetes-related symptoms you may be experiencing.
Dr. Arthur then assesses your vision and examines your eye. To evaluate your retina and risk of diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Arthur performs a dilated eye exam. This exam allows him to see the back of your eye, your optic nerve, and the blood vessels in the center of your eye. He may also perform various tests to assess eye pressure and risk for glaucoma.
If Dr. Arthur determines that you have diabetic retinopathy, he develops a treatment plan to prevent further damage. For mild to moderate diabetic retinopathy, you may be able to prevent further eye damage by improving blood sugar control. For severe diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Arthur may refer you to an ophthalmologist to discuss surgical options.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects eye health and vision. Regular diabetic eye exams may help prevent diabetes-related vision changes. To schedule your diabetic eye exam, call Perspective Family Eyecare or request an appointment online today.