If you’re someone with diabetes, it’s important for you to know that diabetes can harm your eyes. The retina, or the small blood vessels in the back of your eye, can be damaged by diabetes. Even if the doctor who takes care of your diabetes checks your eyes during your appointments, you should get an eye exam every one to two years with an eye doctor who takes care of people with diabetes. The eye doctor has access to the tools and equipment that can inspect the back of your eye much more thoroughly than a regular doctor can. Having regular eye exams to ensure that your retina is not being affected by your diabetes can prevent long term vision damage. At Yandell Eyecare, we do a Lowland diabetic screening to keep watch on the retina in our diabetic patients.
You may not realize that your diabetes is affecting your eyes until the problem escalates to the point that it’s directly affecting your normal eyesight. Taking preventative measures to ensure that it will never escalate to that point, such as getting regular Lowland diabetic screenings indicates that you have foresight. Again, an eye exam by your primary doctor is not an adequate substitute for a full eye exam at Yandell Eyecare. When an ophthalmologist or optometrist examines your eyes, they dilate them, which allows them to detect any damage your diabetes is causing your retina. In an eye exam by your primary doctor, your pupils are not dilated, which means that they are not able to detect the early signs of diabetic retinopathy the way we can at Yandell Eyecare.
A typical Lowland diabetic screening at Yandell Eyecare is going to consist of a variety of things. First, as previously mentioned, your pupils will be dilated so that we can examine behind your eyes with greater scrutiny and detail. We may also do visual acuity testing, which measures the eye’s ability to focus and see details at both near and far distances. If you are experiencing vision loss, visual acuity testing can help detect that. We also typically do an ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp exam which allow our eye doctors to see the back of the eye and other structures within the eye.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of having routine eye exams by an eye doctor if you’re someone who has diabetes. Call us at Yandell Eyecare and schedule your Lowland diabetic screening today!