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Diabetic Eye Exam

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Thorough, Comprehensive Eye Care for Diabetic Patients

Diabetes can lead to a number of debilitating conditions if left unchecked, not the least of which is blindness. Eye exams should be a central part of any diabetic person’s health routine. These exams allow us to monitor overall eye health and check for any signs of diabetic eye disease.

Diabetic Eye Exams

An eye exam for a patient with diabetes is slightly different from a standard adult’s eye exam. Because diabetic patients are at a significantly higher risk of cataractsglaucoma, and other serious eye issues, we have to be even more thorough than normal when looking for any irregularities.

Often when doing an exam on a diabetic patient, we’ll use dilating drops. This opens up the pupil, giving the widest possible window through which to inspect the eye.

Complete Family Eye Care has also invested in cutting edge diagnostic equipment. Through our amazing technology, we can detect important indications of disease or note changes in your eye sooner and more accurately than ever before.

How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?

Diabetic patients should have an eye exam at least once a year. Because diabetes puts you at such a high risk of diseases and eye conditions, we need to closely monitor your eye health. The more regularly you see us, the more effectively we can help you take care of your eyes.

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

For the most part, the term diabetic eye disease refers to two serious conditions: diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (or DME). More generally speaking, diabetic eye disease includes any eye condition that may develop as a result of diabetes, including glaucoma and cataracts.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Years of elevated blood glucose levels can cause serious damage to the blood vessels in the retina. The damaged blood vessels in the retina can cause bleeding, swelling, and a lack of blood flow and oxygen (ischemia) to the tissue. This can result in shadowy or spotty vision, and eventually could lead to total blindness if left untreated.

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic Macular Edema or DME sometimes occurs when blood vessels in the retina have been damaged due to diabetes. These blood vessels can leak fluid into the retina, causing swelling. As the retina swells it can obscure the macula, the small light sensitive area of the retina, affecting the clarity and color intensity of your vision.

Treating Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy and DME can be treated, but only if they’re caught early enough, which is why it’s so important to stay up to date with eye exams.

One method used to treat DME is called a vitrectomy. A doctor removes the vitreous (the gel-like fluid inside your eye) and all the blood that has leaked into it. They’ll then replace it with a saline solution, allowing light to meet your macula without obstruction. Other treatments may include laser treatments and/or injections to the eye.

 

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To Our Valued Patients:

Complete Family Eye Care has always been committed to the health and safety of our patients, our staff, and our community.

Because of the current spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that it has been our commitment for years to sterilize each piece of equipment either immediately before or immediately after each use to insure no germs are spread from one patient to another. We have always been proud of this commitment, so for us…it remains ‘business as usual’ and please be assured that we’ve got your back!

While cleanliness has always been a top priority of our practice, we are also increasing our frequency in which ‘high touch’ areas will be cleaned and sterilized, such as our reception chairs and tables as well as our restrooms and children’s play area and toys. You’ll notice that we have also removed magazines from our reception area to help ensure a sterile environment. Additionally, we are also sterilizing each eyeglass frame after our patients try them on. We continue to practice good hygiene by demanding our doctors and staff to wash their hands frequently with anti-bacterial soap or to use a high-percentage alcohol hand sanitizer.

One of the ways Coronavirus is transmitted is by touching the eyes. We highly recommend you take extra precautions of washing your hands before handling contact lenses. We also recommend you frequently sterilize or replace your contact lens case. As usual, always use approved contact lens solutions and follow the directions for proper use. We also recommend you consider wearing glasses more often, rather than contacts, to reduce the amount of eye contact.

We are actively monitoring both local and national information about the Coronavirus and are continuing to do everything we can to keep our practice a clean and safe environment for you and your family. Complete Family Eye Care will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and will follow the guidelines provided by local and national organizations like the CDC and WHO, and can assure you that our practice remains a safe place to continue your uninterrupted eye health care.

We felt it important to keep you updated, and If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

Thank you for being such a valued patient,

Dr. Cody Jones and the Staff at Complete Family Eye Care