Diabetic Eye Exam
Diabetes can be a life-changing diagnosis. Not only can this condition affect different aspects of your overall health, but it can also increase your risk for various eye diseases and other serious ocular conditions. Because of this, the CDC and a variety of reputable optometric resources all recommend patients with diabetes to have their eyes examined annually.
Eye exams can detect signs of diabetes, even if you are unaware that you may have the disease. During your diabetic eye exam, we’ll thoroughly check your eyes for signs of disease or other potential problems using a variety of tools and techniques. Some of the tools we’ll use may include:
A fundus camera takes detailed color photographs of the interior of your eye, allowing the optometrist to examine your optic disc, macula, retina, and vascular system. With these images, any signs of diabetic retinopathy and DME can be detected.
An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) captures cross-sectional images using light. The health of the vascular system behind your retina can then be assessed for any signs of diabetic retinopathy and DME.
A visual field test reveals the width of your field of view when focused on a central point. This test can help determine if eye disease has produced any blind spots in your vision.
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