If you have diabetes, you probably know that it can affect your good vision. Patients with diabetes should be sure that they have an annual eye exam, and come into Yandell Eyecare, even more frequently, if recommended by our optometrist, Dr. James Allen Yandell. Our eye doctor can provide you with a Woodcrest Hills Tennessee eye exam to make sure that diabetes is not causing you any vision problems.
When a patient has diabetes, it can affect the blood vessels that surrounded and nourish the retina. These areas can be closely examined during a Woodcrest Hills Tennessee eye exam which includes a dilated eye exam. When the eye is dilated, our eye doctor can see clearly through to the back of the eye where the retina resides. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by constantly elevated levels of sugar in the bloodstream. If not properly treated and prevented, the blood vessels that surround the retina may become damaged. When this occurs, it is known as diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged adults. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can be very slight, or even unnoticeable. If macula edema occurs, vision can become blurred and may fluctuate from blurred to clearer. When abnormal new blood vessels form as in proliferative retinopathy, the new blood vessels may leak and cause small specs or large floaters to disrupt the vision. If a patient experiences a large hemorrhage of their eye, vision can become extremely blurred. The only way that diabetic retinopathy can be detected is with a comprehensive eye exam. If diabetic retinopathy is found, there are additional tests that may be recommended to determine the exact extent of the disease. The best way to avoid getting diabetic retinopathy is by making sure that your blood levels and blood pressure stay as close to normal as possible. There are certain medications and treatments which can also now help with control of diabetic retinopathy.
For an appointment to visit our practice for a Woodcrest Hills Tennessee eye exam, contact us today.