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Why in an Eye Exam Essential for Diabetics (Old Bridge, NJ)

Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential

Family Eye Care in Old Bridge NJ

Examination and Cares for individuals with Diabetes. 

A Comprehensive Eye Examination can identify not only eye diseases, but diseases such as Diabetes and High Blood Pressure that affect the entire body.  It is obvious that an eye examination can identify eye diseases such as Myopia or Nearsightedness, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, or Dry eye.  Diabetic Retinopathy and Hypertensive Retinopathy are changes in the retina due to those disease.

In the US 1 out of every 10 people has diabetes, and unfortunately the numbers are going up.  Diabetes affect the eyes, and at times, an eye examination is  the first point that Diabetes mad be identified or suspected.  Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, affects blood vessels and nerves throughout the entire body. Excess blood sugar damages tiny blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to ocular inflammation, bleeding and devastating vision loss when left untreated.

The most common types of eye diseases associated with diabetes are:

  • Diabetic retinopathy – small blood vessels in the retina weaken and sometimes leak blood
  • Glaucoma – elevated pressure levels of fluid in the eye
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the eye’s lens that blurs vision

There are two main types of Diabetes:  Type one, known as Juvenile Onset Diabetes, and Type 2, Adult Onset Diabetes.  A  A yearly eye examination is critical to preserve your health and maintain clear sight. The Optomap instrument takes a picture of the retina, and a dilated eye exam enables us to see he retina directly.  Dr. Roth can point out changes that are occurring in your retina and the picture enables us to monitor changes over time.

Unfortunately, about 60% of people who have diabetes, do not seek the care of an eye doctor.  Sight-threatening changes in the inner eye tissues are often missed. Only a diabetic eye exam can reliably detect or rule out the start of many dangerous eye conditions. In addition, when we identify changes in your eye health, that may be an indicator that the total body treatment may require a change.

Emergency Visits for individuals with Diabetes are sometimes needed.

In addition to an annual examination, it is important that you are aware of the following symptoms: 

  • Seeing spots or floaters or small black lines or spots that don’t glide away
  • Seeing red tinted fog
  • Sudden changes in your vision
  • Taking longer than usual to adjust to darkness

Please consider calling our office, Family Eye Care in Old Bridge and schedule a time for a comprehensive eye examination.

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