If you are living with diabetes, our Hempstead optometrist can’t stress enough how important regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams are. Not only are they necessary to detect any threatening problems that may put you at risk, but to treat them as well. Research has revealed that in the Unites States alone, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. At Vision World, we pride ourselves on diagnosing, treating, preventing, and educating all our patients so you not only know what your best treatment options are, but understand them. Even if the doctor who regularly takes care of your diabetes, checks your eyes, you should still get an eye exam every 1-2 years by an eye doctor who specializes in people with diabetes.Our Hempstead optometrist takes the time to explain that diabetes increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts but can also cause the eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. As the most common diabetic eye disease, as well as a leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of your retina that swell and leak fluid. If you do have diabetic retinopathy, you may not notice any changes to your vision initially, but in time it may get worse and cause vision loss, making the diabetic exam especially important. Being the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy, the comprehensive diabetic eye exam, involves dilating your pupil, and using an ophthalmoscope to view your retina, which will determine the extent of the retinopathy. The best therapy is prevention and studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower the risk of vision loss from this disease. Laser surgery is sometimes the first treatment recommended, and to reabsorb excess fluid, is focused on leaky areas of your retina. The main goal of this treatment, of course, is to prevent further vision loss.
These issues can be detected early on if you get regular diabetic eye exams with our Hempstead optometrist, including a dilated retinal exam. With this exam your vision is checked using the Snellen chart of random letters of different sizes. Special drops will be administered to see the back of your eye better, and using an intense light, our optometrist will look through a magnifying glass to see areas that may be damaged by diabetes. Another device, called a slit lamp, is also used to see the clear surface of your eye. There are proper and thorough diabetic eye exams available at Vision World and our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to giving you the best treatment options available.