More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. As cases of this illness continue to rise, ophthalmologists are working harder to help patients detect and manage their diabetes. This is because diabetes - particularly chronic and/or poorly managed diabetes - can cause eye problems, changes in vision, and lead to blindness. By working with an eye specialist, however, diabetic patients can keep their eye problems minor.
If you have diabetes, your insurance demands that you receive an eye exam each year and pays for your visit with no out-of-pocket costs or co-pays for you. So you can prevent and address diabetic vision loss by visiting Luna Vision and Med Spa every year!
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we understand the importance of professional eye care services for diabetics. Whether you simply need a diabetic eye exam, or you have specific concerns about your symptoms, our team can help you. Our eye exams and diagnostic testing are provided by Dr. Dutt, a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 22 years of private practice experience. She is also Fellowship Trained in Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Exams, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye care. Trust your eyes to an eye surgeon with fellowship training.
Yes! For some patients, their annual eye exam is their first heads up that they have diabetes. This is because the disease affects the small capillaries in the retina of the eyes. These blood vessels may leak blood or a yellowish fluid, and this may be discovered in an eye exam.
Your retina can be badly damaged by diabetes-related complications before you notice any change in vision. Because of this, the best way to handle vision problems related to diabetes is through early detection of retinal abnormalities, regular monitoring, and prompt treatment. Annual diabetic eye exams will ensure this early detection occurs - and your insurance will typically pay for these yearly check-ups.
“Diabetic retinopathy” is a general term for all disorders of the retina caused by diabetes. (Note that people who keep their blood sugar levels closer to normal are less likely to have retinopathy or to have milder forms of these conditions.)
There are two major types of retinopathy: nonproliferative and proliferative. In nonproliferative retinopathy, the capillaries in the back of the eye become weak, damaged, and swollen (often leading to leaks and bleeds in the eye). Proliferative retinopathy, on the other hand, is a serious diabetic eye disease where the damaged blood vessels of the eye close off entirely. To compensate for this, new blood vessels grow in the eye. These new vessels are weak, however, and likely to cause a vitreous hemorrhage and scarring.
People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes. And the longer someone has had diabetes, the more common glaucoma is. This is because diabetes can affect the pressure of the eye, which is a risk factor in glaucoma.
Typically, yes! In addition to managing your vision through proper diabetes care, diabetic retinopathy can be addressed with a variety of treatments. A specific treatment plan can be established once you visit with your eye doctor, who will evaluate the state of your health overall and determine your best next steps.
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we will always discuss your specific care recommendations and options in-depth, allowing you to make an informed medical decision regarding your vision. To begin your care journey, please contact us.