Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetes can affect your vision by causing a variety of eye diseases such as cataracts or diabetic retinopathy. In order to minimize the risk of developing diabetic eye disease, it is important that diabetics maximize control of both their blood glucose and blood pressure.
The American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend that an eye exam should be performed at least once a year in order to ensure early detection of any serious conditions. Early detection is the strongest protection against diabetic eye diseases, as many treatments are more effective in the early stages of the disease.
Diabetic eye conditions can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam involves a visual acuity test to measure vision at various distances, an eyeglasses check to optimize vision, and a dilated eye exam to examine the structures of the eye for any signs of disease. If there are signs of diabetic retinopathy, closer observation or treatment may be recommended.