Diabetic eye disorders include several eye ailments that develop due to diabetes. The eye diseases typically occur in type 1 or type 2 diabetes patients and, if left untreated, these diseases can cause blindness as a result of damage to the retina. Frequent eye exams for adults and children alike can help with early disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Visit an optometrist on our team at Pflugerville Vision Care in Pflugerville, TX, for an eye checkup to help ensure that your vision is at its best and to treat any eye ailments that may be detected.
What Are Diabetic Eye Disorders?
Diabetic diseases of the eye or diseases that may have increased risk due to diabetes include:
- Diabetic retinopathy: This occurs when damaged blood vessels cause blood and/or fluid to leak into the retina, causing swelling and blockage.
- Cataract: This occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy from the break down of protein.
- Glaucoma: This occurs when there is pressure buildup inside the eye causing damage to the optic nerve.
What Are the Symptoms of Eye Problems from Diabetes?
Symptoms of diabetic eye problems do not show up right away and may not have any symptoms, therefore may go undetected without an annual Optomap Retinal Scan or dilated pupil retinal exam. Both are ways to be completely sure. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms:
- Numerous new spots/Floaters in your range of vision
- Frequent flashes of light
- Dark shadows in your vision range
- Eye redness/pain
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty differentiating colors
- Fluctuating vision
Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Eye Problems?
While it is not always possible to prevent eye diseases from diabetes, regular eye exams, healthy blood sugar management, and monitoring your blood pressure can help with early disease detection and management to prevent potential vision loss.
The eye doctors on our team recommend an Optomap Retinal Scan to diagnose and monitor eye problems. The high-resolution retinal camera helps to examine the retina for possible eye disorders stemming from diabetes. The digital pictures are able to be examined in several different light exposures as well as more magnification levels allowing better resolution and easier detection of retinal disorders. The Optomap also allows pictures to be digitally stored so detailed disease progression can be evaluated from visit to visit.
Visit Us for More Information about Diabetic Retinopathy
An eye exam is the best way to detect changes in your vision and eye health. Get an Optomap Retinal Scan done by an optometrist on our team at Pflugerville Vision Care, Pflugerville, TX, to help diagnose possible retinal diseases. From eye health issues to eyewear, we are here to provide top notch optical needs for your entire family. Schedule an appointment by calling (512) 251-4099 or schedule online using the button at the top of your screen.