Diabetic Eye Exam FAQs
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you know there are many steps you need to take to care for your health. It can be a burden to deal with between diet, exercise, medication, foot care, and medical checkups. Though we don’t want to add on, our team at Summit Eyecare would like to remind you that regular eye exams are also vital. If it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact our eye doctors at one of our locations in Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls, ID.
Why are diabetic eye exams so important?
Diabetes can be tough on your body, including your eyes. Your retina is made up of light-sensitive tissues that directly impact how you see. The blood vessels in these tissues get damaged by diabetes, which causes blood and fluid to leak into your eyes. It can lead to poor vision and blindness. Regular eye exams are essential, as they can address these issues before they become worse.
How often should I have a diabetic eye exam?
Your first exam should take place as soon as possible after you are diagnosed with diabetes. This helps with early detection as well as helps your optometrist detect changes. After the initial exam, you will want to go at least once every year for a check-up. If any potential issues are spotted, your optometrist may recommend more frequent exams to keep a close eye on the progression.
What does the optometrist look for during exam?
The optometrist will look for several things, including newly formed blood vessels and any leaks. We will also look for signs of cataracts and glaucoma, as diabetics are more likely to develop these conditions as well.
Will my eyes be dilated during exam?
In most cases, your eyes will be dilated. This will provide your optometrist a better look inside to detect diabetic retinopathy. As such, it is always a good idea to have someone drive you home. You can always call your optometrist before your appointment to determine if you will need dilation at each visit to plan accordingly.
Schedule Your Diabetic Eye Exam at Summit Eyecare
Don’t let diabetes ruin your eyes when you have our team at Summit Eyecare to help. Contact one of our five locations today in Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the exam and help you schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.