For patients with diabetes, the disease affects so many aspects of their lives. Not the least of which is their ocular health. Due to the very nature of their condition, these patients are more susceptible to developing a number of eye health complications. Doctors have grouped these complications under the umbrella term diabetic eye disease.
If you have diabetes, it is extremely important that you have an annual eye exam. Many of the complications of diabetic eye disease arise with no symptoms, putting your eyes at risk for vision impairment without warning. At your appointment, please let us know if you are diabetic, so we can go that extra mile for your eyes.
We have tailored an eye exam just for you. It starts out just like a typical eye exam with chart readings, cover tests, and a slit lamp exam. These preliminary tests check your overall eyesight, including eye teaming, peripheral vision, and corneal health.
After these initial tests, we move on to the portion that is dedicated to diabetes. We dilate your pupils using eye drops, which may sting just for a moment. This is perfectly normal and lasts for a very short time. Through your pupil, we can look at the structure of your eye, including the retina, optic nerve, and blood vessels. We use our state-of-the-art digital imaging to get a true picture of your retinas.
Through these tests, we can better determine if you are at risk for any of the diseases often associated with diabetes. If there are any warning signs, your optometrist can begin building a plan with you to best manage or prevent these conditions.
Diabetes increases the risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. In fact, your risk of glaucoma increases by 40%, while your risk for cataracts increases by 60%! Not only that, but you could develop diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, two conditions that could rob you of your sight.
This condition has few symptoms until it is too late, but you may experience blind spots and blurry vision. These are caused by weakened blood vessels that leak into the eye, causing distorted vision and retinal scarring. If the disease is detected early, before long term damage and scarring to the retina has occurred, there are treatments such as injections or laser therapy to prevent vision loss. The best way to prevent progression of diabetic retinopathy is good diabetes control.
Annual dilated eye exams are the best way to avoid losing your sight to diabetic retinopathy.
If diabetic retinopathy is allowed to continue damaging the blood vessels and retina, there is a good chance it will be followed up by diabetic macular edema (DME). The leaking fluid obscurs the macula and distorts your central vision. This condition can lead to blindness if left untreated. Current treatments include injections, which have had some success.
Avoid unnecessary vision loss with a 1-hour appointment at Shady Grove Eye & Vision Care.
We are located between Rockville and Gaithersburg, near the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus off West Montgomery Ave on Shady Grove Road. For more detailed driving instructions, see below.
In addition to our office hours, we offer a 24-hour emergency answering service available to all established patients.
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|Tuesday:||9 AM - 12:30 PM, 2 PM - 7 PM|
|Wednesday:||9 AM - 1 PM, 2 PM - 7 PM|
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