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I have diabetes. I check my sugar, follow my diet and take my medicine. Why do I need to have my eyes examined too?
 
Individuals who are diabetic are at risk for eye disease; Cataracts, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and the leading cause of blindness. This disease damages the blood vessels in the retina. Blood vessels may swell and leak fluid or abnormal blood vessels can grow. The disease worsens over time and normally affects both eyes.
 
Often there are no symptoms of the disease and no pain is felt. The disease is discovered by eye care professionals who have dilated the eye and examined the retina. During the examination you eye doctor should be looking for leaking blood vessels, retinal swelling, fatty deposits on the retina, damaged nerve tissues and any changes to blood vessels.
 
Anyone with diabetes is at risk for diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes the more likely you will develop diabetic retinopathy. There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy but treatment is possible. Laser surgery can reduce the risk of blindness by 90% 1 . However vision lost.. is gone.
 
Your eye care professional should also be checking the pressure inside the eye. Elevated eye pressure, ocular hypertension, is a common symptom of Glaucoma. Though there is no cure for glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy with early detection treatment to minimize vision loss is possible.
 
Research also shows cataracts develop earlier in people with diabetes than other adults. Those who have cataracts that are interfering with daily life can have surgery and have them removed. The removal of cataracts generally result in seeing the world a little brighter and more colorful.
 
Typically, most major insurance companies will cover the diabetic eye exam. If you haven't seen your doctor why not call today. We are accepting new patients, call (419) 334-8121 or (419) 435-3482 and schedule your appointment.
 
1-Information courtesy of the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health
 
 

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
 
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Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
 
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