Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from generating the hormone known as insulin, ultimately boosting the glucose levels within the blood. Blood sugar that is chronically elevated can heighten the risk of all sorts of eye issues ranging from glaucoma to blurry vision, cataracts and more. Unfortunately, diabetes tends to damage the tiny blood vessels within the section of the back of the eye known as the retina. Such a condition is referred to as diabetic retinopathy. This is by far the most common reason for vision loss in those saddled with diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is in your interest to schedule a diabetic eye exam with our office by dialing (925) 463-3530 (Pleasanton Office) or (510) 792-6842 (Newark Office).
Our diabetic eye exam pays close attention to the parts of the eye that tend to be weakened when a patient has diabetes. We will analyze the back portion of your eye to determine if you are in the beginning stages of retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels within an eye are subjected to elevated blood glucose levels for an extended period of time, ultimately weakening them. The longer you have had diabetes and the more your blood glucose level is elevated, the greater your risk is for diabetic retinopathy. The aim is for our diabetic eye exam to catch your diabetic eye disease to prevent it from blinding you. Early detection and quick treatment has the potential to prevent vision loss. In fact, some diabetic changes within the retina might even be reversed.