Eye Care for Diabetics
Caring for your vision should always be important, but if you are diabetic, it must become a priority. After all, you only have one set of eyes. Diabetes poses specific threats to your vision, especially diabetic retinopathy. Providence Eye & Laser Specialists offers eye care for diabetic patients in Charlotte, NC.
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that results from a loss of blood flow and oxygen to the retina and requires special care. The retina is located in the back of the eye. It collects light and turns it into a signal that is interpreted by the brain as vision. Retinopathy occurs when the retina does not receive enough blood because the vessels in the retina are damaged by high blood sugar. This condition can lead to numerous problems ranging from a minor leakage of blood and plasma in the retina to total blindness.
A few facts you should be aware of regarding diabetic retinopathy:
- It is a leading cause of blindness in American adults.
- It usually affects both eyes.
- It occurs in about 40% of all Type 1 diabetics and 20 percent of all Type 2 diabetics.
- The length of time a person has diabetes is a risk factor for the condition.
- Keeping your blood sugar at an optimal level can greatly reduce the chance of developing diabetic retinopathy.
- You may not know you have it without a thorough eye exam.
Providence Eye is committed to providing the best technology for all of our patients, which is why we offer Visucam digital photography for our diabetic patients. During your ocular health exams, you will be offered this technology. This camera captures a digital image of your retina and optic nerve that is stored in our electronic medical records. This camera enables the doctors at Providence Eye to better assess, document and care for your retinal health, and thereby promote improved communication with the medical doctor managing your diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy needs to be detected and receive care as early as possible. If you have this condition, you may experience few, if any, symptoms. This is just one reason why annual eye exams are so critical. Additionally, the retina is extremely delicate and once injured it cannot always completely heal. It is recommended that anyone with diabetes have an eye exam at least once a year. At our Charlotte office, Dr. Mills and Dr. Madaris will provide you with the care you need for your eyes. Additionally, they will communicate with your medical doctor who is assisting you with your diabetes.