DIABETES AND THE EYES by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C. in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
By a thorough eye examination, I mean not just a quick check of your glasses prescription but an exam that includes the use of dilating drops. While it is a bit inconvenient to have your pupils enlarged for 4-5 hours after your exam, that’s the only way we can get a good look at the back of your eye to be sure that the diabetes has not caused any harm.
What are we looking for? Diabetes can affect the small blood vessels on the back of the eye known as the retina. This can cause swelling, small areas of bleeding or even the growth of abnormal new blood vessels. These new vessels tend to have thin walls and bleed easily, sometimes filling the back of the eye with blood.
The goal of eye care in a diabetic is early detection. If we wait until you notice blurred vision, we may have lost valuable time that could be important in how well you see in the future. Treatments include lasers, steroids or even surgery in some cases.
So even if you have perfectly controlled blood sugars, we need to see you annually if you are a diabetic. As a courtesy to all our diabetic patients, we send a report to their primary care physician after each dilated examination so all are well informed about the condition of the eyes. See you soon!
Dr. Mark German is an optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. Call 262-241-1919 for more information or to schedule appointments.
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