Diabetic Eye Exams in Tennessee
Our physicians have a deep understanding of how eye health is intertwined with the health of the body, and vice versa. When it comes to conditions like diabetes, it’s important to have that understanding in order to provide diabetic patients with the most effective care.
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Diabetes and Your Eye Health
Diabetes affects the body in major ways, the most drastic of which can impact the eyes and vision. Individuals with diabetes have special visual and eye health needs that need to be considered during an annual diabetic eye exam.
How Does Diabetes Affect the Eyes?
In its earliest stages, before any other symptoms appear, diabetes may be first detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. This is because diabetes can impact your eye health in a variety of ways, and its earliest symptoms can include blurred vision, double vision, and frequent prescription updates.
People with diabetes are also more likely to develop cataracts and glaucoma and are especially prone to develop a set of conditions called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the eye's delicate blood vessels become weakened or inflamed and can result in permanent vision loss if allowed to progress untreated.
Since diabetes affects your entire body, it’s important to work with your doctor to manage this condition and monitor it before it begins to take a toll on your overall health. Vision loss from conditions like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are preventable with early intervention to slow their progression.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetic eye exams, like regular comprehensive eye exams, should take place annually. During a full comprehensive eye exam, our physicians will assess your vision and examine the internal and external structure of the eye, taking special care to check the retina for new or leaking blood vessels that can indicate diabetic retinopathy.
If you know you have diabetes, an annual diabetic eye exam should be a critical component of your healthcare strategy, since you’re more at risk for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, both of which may display no symptoms at all until irreversible damage has been done to your vision.
If our eye doctors detect any abnormalities or signs of any vision-threatening conditions, we’ll craft a tailored treatment plan to manage your symptoms and preserve your sight. If the symptoms are more advanced or surgical solutions are required, we may refer you to a trusted local ophthalmologist for further care.
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Diabetic Eye Exams in Nashville
If you’re managing diabetes or are at a high risk for developing diabetes, a yearly comprehensive eye exam is just as important as a physical exam with your general practitioner, since diabetes can have a drastic effect on your vision. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam at OPMT Vision Centers, call us today.