Diabetes not only affects your overall health; the disease can lead to permanent blindness if not properly controlled. At D Vision Eyecare in Allen, Texas, therapeutic optometrist, Amina Ebrahim, OD, offers comprehensive diabetic eye exams using the latest diagnostic technologies, including retinal cameras. Dr. Ebrahim also provides customized treatments for diabetes-related diseases like diabetic retinopathy. Protect your long-term vision by calling D Vision Eyecare today or request an evaluation online now.
A diabetic eye exam is a specialized evaluation of your eye health that focuses on identifying damage that’s common with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
A chronic health condition, diabetes affects how your body processes the sugar you get from your diet. When not properly controlled, high sugar levels can result in damage to your eye and increase your risk factors for:
Dr. Ebrahim tailors diabetic eye exams to meet your needs and uses the latest diagnostic technologies to identify warning signs of diabetic damage in the earliest stages. Early detection can make treatment more effective and help you slow down the progression of eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common side effect of uncontrolled diabetes. This progressive disease develops when high sugar levels damage the blood vessels of your retina, the light-sensitive part of the back of your eye. Over time, blood vessel damage can result in the loss of vision and may lead to permanent blindness.
Because diabetic retinopathy may not cause symptoms in the earliest stages, it’s important to have routine diabetic eye exams at D Vision Eyecare. These exams help Dr. Ebrahim reduce the severity of damage diabetes causes in your eye to protect your overall health and long-term vision.
To get an accurate look at your retina and the other structures of your inner eye, Dr. Ebrahim applies drops that dilate your eyes. She looks through a magnifying lens to assess the health of your blood vessels, retina, and nerves in your eye.
Dr. Ebrahim also uses the latest digital technology, including a retinal camera, to take pictures of the back of your eye to determine if you need additional testing or treatment.
If you have early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy or other eye condition, Dr. Ebrahim discusses your option for treatment and may recommend more frequent eye exams to monitor your condition.
Following your exam, you should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The dilation drops will make your up-close vision blurry, but you can expect it to return to normal within a few hours.
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, don’t delay a diabetic eye exam. You can call D Vision Eyecare today or request an appointment online now.