If you have Diabetes or are borderline diabetic it is highly recommended that you receive a yearly diabetic eye exam by a medical optometrist. High levels of blood sugar can affect your vision and can lead to Cataracts, Glaucoma and Retinopathy. If caught early enough during your yearly exam there is a better chance of these conditions being diagnosed and treated accordingly. Diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults between the ages of 20 to 74 mainly due to late diagnosis and lack of treatment. Diabetes can cause blurry vision by causing the lens of the eye to swell affecting the way that you see. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes it is crucial to be evaluated by your eye care physician to determine whether the change in vision is normal or a result of lens swelling. Here at Lakes Family Eye Care, we will be able to evaluate you and determine what would be the best option for you.
The main thing that we look at when someone is diabetic is for diabetic retinopathy. High sugar levels damage blood vessels in the back of the eyes which cause them to leak and develop retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes that higher the chance of developing this devastating disease. Patients with Type I diabetes are at a higher risk as well as patients with poor control of their sugar. If this is not treated early, patients may go blind due to the build-up of fluid in the center of their retina. Some of the treatment will include monitoring closely, dietary control, laser and or injections. In the early stages, there are no symptoms involved with diabetic retinopathy that is why we stress the importance of your annual comprehensive eye exams. At Lakes Family Eye Care, Dr. Briceno will evaluate, treat and manage you accordingly. We will send a report to your Primary Care Physician and Endocrinologist to make sure we are all in communication.