Diabetes & Your Eye Health

People living with diabetes are at risk of developing eye diseases exclusive to diabetes, like diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Diabetes can also increase your risk of other eye diseases, including cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The risk of vision loss for those with diabetes is 25 times higher than for those without, but with early detection and treatment, there is a 95% reduction in the risk of blindness.

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What to Expect During a Diabetic Eye Exam

Fundus Photography

Fundus photography uses a digital camera to take photos of the retina, the inner layer at the back of the eye. By closely examining your retina, we can detect signs of diseases like diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and age-related macular degeneration. Fundus photography allows us to keep a record of your retinal images in order to monitor changes in your ocular health between eye exams.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to capture a cross-sectional image of your eyes. It allows us to see the structure of your retina and optic nerves, showing any signs of disease. With this technology, we can check your eyes for age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.