Blue Ridge Vision Offers Diabetic Eye Exams
Individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes must take special care of their eye health. High levels of blood glucose can cause changes in the blood vessels of the eyes that can affect vision. At Blue Ridge Vision in Greer, SC, we provide comprehensive exams to monitor individuals with diabetes for vision and eye changes.
Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes is a metabolic condition in which the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to remove glucose from the blood or the body has become resistant to it. The buildup of glucose can cause damage throughout the body, including the delicate structures of the eyes. Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular edema. All of these conditions can lead to vision loss. This is why physicians routinely recommend regular eye exams for their patients with diabetes.
Regular Exams Can Reduce Vision Loss from Diabetes
Periodic visits to your eye doctor can help to detect the small changes in the blood vessels that can signal a threat to your eye health and vision. The doctor will dilate your eyes and use special equipment to view the internal structures, where these changes occur. Early warning of eye disease can help you to avoid vision loss from diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease
In the early stages, there may be no vision symptoms of diabetic eye disease. However, as the disease progresses, you may notice vision changes, such as blurring or the need for more frequent changes in prescription. Diabetic eye disease can lead to detachment of the retina, which is a vision emergency. Regular exams can help you avoid further vision problems.
What Happens During Your Diabetic Eye Exam
Your Greer optometrist will ask a number of questions about your health and the medications you take. During the exam, the doctor will dilate the pupils of your eyes, to get a view of the condition of blood vessels within the eyes and the optic nerve. If any unusual changes are detected, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist for further treatment to reduce your risk for vision loss.
Make Blue Ridge Vision Your Optometrist in Greer
Dr. Gordon Johnson utilizes his extensive training in optometry to ensure good vision and eye health for his patients in Greer, SC, and the surrounding communities. We offer a variety of eye care services, including comprehensive exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, pediatric vision care, pre- and post-consultation for LASIK eye surgery, dry eye treatment, and management of eye diseases. Call Blue Ridge Vision today at 864-881-2922 for an appointment to have your eyes examined and to learn about caring for your eyes when you have diabetes.