Diabetic Eye Exams
According to a recent study as many as 34.2 million Americans or about 1 in 10 people have diabetes. Another 88 million people are considered pre-diabetic (diabetes.org). Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of preventable blindness in America as well. It is very important to get a yearly diabetic eye exam including a dilation in order to check for early signs of the disease. Unfortunately, in many cases, diabetics will have evidence of it affecting their eye health before it starts affecting their vision. If you are a diabetic and it has been over a year since your last eye exam, please schedule an appointment today.
A Look at Common Vision and Eye Health Problems Related to Diabetes
Diabetes has a profound impact on the entire body, in particular, the small blood vessels and capillaries. There are many small blood vessels in the eyes and that is why diabetes can so readily affect eye health. The following eye conditions are also more common because of this disease:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Lower vision
- Macular degeneration
What Will Happen During Your Diabetic Eye Exam with Us
A Diabetic eye exam is very similar to a standard comprehensive eye exam with the addition of an extensive dilation and possible pictures taken of the retina with a state-of-the-art digital retinal camera. Photographs are important for monitoring changes over time because diabetic retinopathy is likely to progress without diet and lifestyle changes.
Schedule Your Exam with Dr. Cozzi
It is very important to maintain a low and stable blood sugar, as well as A1c, to reduce the risk of complications from diabetes. With Dr. Cozzi’s extensive background in natural and integrative medicine, she may be able to offer some insight on ways to better control your diabetes long term. Click the “BOOK APPOINTMENT” tab to gain her unique perspective.