Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States. To reduce your risk for vision loss, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, offers comprehensive diabetic eye exams at the office in San Antonio, Texas. They closely evaluate the blood vessels at the back of your eye to identify symptoms of diabetic retinopathy in the earliest stages. If you have diabetes and haven’t had a routine eye exam lately, call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today or book a consultation online.
A diabetic eye exam focuses on identifying common eye-related conditions that can develop in those with diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where your body isn’t able to regulate your blood sugar levels because of a lack of the hormone insulin.
In Type 1 diabetes, your body can’t make the insulin it needs to control your blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes develops when you can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to permanent nerve damage and a condition known as diabetic retinopathy, which results when the blood vessels at the back of your eye become swollen and leak.
During a diabetic eye exam, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, carefully evaluates all aspects of your vision and your eye health. They also assess the health of your retina, the layer of tissue at the back of your eye that sends signals to your brain, so you can see light and images.
There are two types of diabetic retinopathy they look for during the exam. Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels at the back of your eye swell and leak. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is a more severe condition that develops when the blood vessels close or grow abnormally.
The team performs the exam after dilating your eyes to get a clear look at the back of your eye. If they detect any issues that might relate to diabetic retinopathy, your provider recommends a treatment plan and sends progress reports to your primary care provider or your endocrinologist.
Anyone with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam twice a year to check for signs of diabetic retinopathy. Preventive exams are important because you might not have symptoms in the initial stages of your condition, even though the blood vessels are already bleeding.
You should also schedule an exam if you have warning signs of diabetic retinopathy, such as:
In addition to routine eye exams, you also need to work with your primary care provider to ensure your diabetes is well-controlled.
To schedule a diabetic eye exam, call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, today or book an appointment through the online booking feature.