Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetic Eye Exams In Seattle

Diabetes is a common disease and affects many areas of your body, including the eyes. Diabetes increases the risks of eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. In addition to that, the development of diabetic retinopathy is a significant concern for eye health.

Our optometrist at SPEX Eye Care Clinic in Seattle recommend an eye exam if you have diabetes. An eye exam is a detailed evaluation of your retina's health and other parts of the eye that can be affected. Eye exams check for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma.


What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that develops when the blood vessels in your retina become damaged and start to leak. The retina is the light-sensitive portion at the back of your eye. It affects people who suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Note that diabetic retinopathy affects both eyes in equal measure. Having an eye problem in one eye is not enough to rule out diabetic retinopathy, but you should seek eye care to diagnose a different condition.

Visit our eye doctors if you have the following symptoms:

  • Dots in your field of vision.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Altered color vision.
  • Partial or total vision loss.
  • Difficulty focusing.

The following factors increase the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy:

  • The duration of your diabetes condition determines the onset.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Use of tobacco.
  • Poor control of your blood sugar level.

Eye Care for Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic eye exams contain a series of procedures conducted by our optometrists to assess your condition and recommend suitable remedies. Early detection often saves part or all your eyesight.

  1. Visual Acuity Testing – This involves our eye doctor checking your visual acuity with an eye chart. A visual acuity test aims to test the level of clarity in your vision. If you have decreased visual acuity, our eye doctor may opt to perform refraction.
  2. Pupil dilation – During this step, we use eye drops to dilate your pupils. The eye drops make your pupils larger and eliminate their typical reaction to light. Consequently, it helps the doctor get a much better view of the retina at the back of your eyes and see any damages.
  3. Fundoscopy – This is the examination of the back of the eyeball after we dilate the pupil.
  4. Fundus Photography – It is a step that compliments fundoscopy. We take a wide-angle shot, a high-resolution photograph of the back of your eye. The picture serves as a permanent record of your retina's state; thus, used as a reference for future eye exams.
  5. Glaucoma testing – We perform this test to rule out a possibility of glaucoma caused by diabetes.

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy involves the following:

  • Laser injections – Our optometrist uses targeted lasers to shrink blood vessels in the eye and seal the leaks from abnormal vessels.
  • Injections – The medicines we use reduce swelling and minimize leakage from blood vessels.
  • Eye surgery- Surgery seeks to correct problems with the retina or vitreous, and it is called a vitrectomy.

Call SPEX Eye Care Clinic Today!

Are you suffering from diabetes and have eye problems? Visit SPEX Eye Care Clinic in Seattle and receive the best eye care. Our optometrist is trained and highly skilled. Call us on (206)-682-9515 and schedule an appointment.

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