Eye Health Specially Tailored to Diabetic Eyes
The eyes aren’t only a window to the soul; they can act as a window into your overall health. Systemic conditions throughout the body can impact the eyes, as is seen with diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic illness related to the body’s inability to manage insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Over 34 million Americans live with diabetes.
Diabetes can be managed, and diabetic eye disease can be prevented. One of the best lines of defense, alongside a healthy lifestyle and mediation, is a diabetic eye exam. Visit Riverside Eye Specialists to monitor your eyes for signs of diabetic damage.
Diabetes & Your Eyes
Routine eye exams not only help guard against diabetic eye disease—they can also help detect diabetes in the first place. 7.3 million adults in the United States are living with undiagnosed diabetes.
Hyperglycemia is an occasional side effect of diabetes that can manifest in the eyes as blurred vision (along with headache, fatigue, and increased urination). If you are experiencing unexplained eye disturbances, see your ophthalmologist.
Diabetes can exacerbate other eye conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts. Over time, unmanaged diabetes can lead to vision loss.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the retina to swell or leak. If left long enough, new, abnormal blood vessels may grow, interfering with vision.
In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy has no symptoms, but after it’s been developing and growing, you may notice indicators like:
- Floating dark spots
- Spiderweb-style streaks
- Poor central or peripheral vision
Diabetic retinopathy can also lead to diabetic macular edema, where the central part of the retina that handles detailed vision is damaged.
Using Technology to Track Diabetic Eye Health
How do eye care professionals monitor and manage diabetic eye diseases? With technology that allows us to see all the way to the back of the eye. Our imagining equipment helps us build a clear picture of what needs to be done to manage your eye health.
Optos Fundus Photography
Optomapping by Optos allows us to see an ultrawide image of your retina. The digital images are clear and encompass 82% of the eyes’ rear structures.
Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) uses light waves to scan your eye shows us the retina’s distinct layers. This technology is also invaluable for macular and optic nerve analysis.
An iTRACE aberrometer blends wavefront aberrometry and corneal topography to build an even fuller picture of the eye. This can help assess the quality of your vision more completely.
This new technology has revolutionized our ability to diagnose the cause of dry eyes and monitor its management. It quantifies Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the OptiLight treatment outcomes for which can be exquisitely monitored along with tear lake, tear break up time and inflammatory index.
You can find our practice near the historic downtown Riverside, California. If you have any trouble finding us, give us a call!
- 4605 Brockton Ave, Suite 100
- Riverside, CA 92506
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed