Important tips to prevent diabetes-related vision loss through eye exams

Most people know that vision loss can come with advancing age. But, we are here to let you know that advancing age is not the only reason for vision loss. If you have diabetes, you have a significant risk for developing an eye disease if left untreated. Please pay close attention, as we want the more than 29 million Americans with diabetes to become more aware that they are at a higher risk for developing such eye diseases as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. At the Taustine Eye Center, we have a doctor that specializes in each of those diseases. Rather than being a practice of general ophthalmologists, each doctor has their area of specialization. These specializations ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date treatments from highly experienced and knowledgeable doctors.
Coming in for a dilated eye exam, is extremely important. We also have some other important tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmolgoy we would love to share with our patients as well:
1. Early detection is key: 
If you have diabetes, you can reduce your chances of developing diabetic retinopathy by keeping your blood sugar under control, monitoring your blood pressure, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising. Regular eye exams are extremely important in order to detect diseases such as diabetic retinopathy in early stages. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (502) 458-9004.
2. Diabetes-related vision loss can be detected through comprehensive eye exams: 
Everyone who has diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, but not everyone develops it. Generally, diabetics don’t develop diabetic retinopathy until they’ve had diabetes for at least 10 years. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages, but those who develop it may notice difficulty reading, doing close work, or double vision. They may also notice an increase of “floaters”, specks that seem to levitate about in your field of vision.
In order to test for diabetic retinopathy, your eye doctor may perform a test called fluorescein angiography. During the test, an orange-red dye called Fluorescein will be injected into a vein in your arm. The dye will travel through your body to the blood vessels in your retina. Your doctor will use a special camera with a green filter to flash a blue light into your eye and take multiple photographs. The pictures will be analyzed to identify any damage to the lining of the retina or atypical new blood vessels.
To see the rest of the tips, check out the American Academy of Ophthalmology article here.
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