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Diabetes Awareness Month: What Your Eye Exam Can Detect

Diabetes Awareness Month What Your Eye Exam Can Detect BlogNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to highlight the significance of managing diabetes effectively. At Ballard Vision Associates in Brentwood, we want to draw your attention to the crucial role eye exams play in diabetes care.

Detecting Diabetic Retinopathy

One potential complication of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the blood vessels in the retina. It can lead to vision problems and even blindness if left untreated. The good news is that we can detect diabetic retinopathy during a routine eye exam.

Early Detection, Better Outcomes

The earlier we detect diabetic retinopathy, the more effectively we can manage and treat it. Regular eye exams are your first line of defense against this serious condition. Don't underestimate the power of an eye exam; it's not just about checking your vision. It's a window into your overall health and can help prevent serious diabetes-related complications.

What to Expect During a Diabetes Eye Exam

A diabetes eye exam is similar to a routine eye exam. Still, it may include additional tests to assess the retina's health. These tests may include:

  • Dilated eye exam: Our doctors in Brentwood will place drops in your eyes to dilate (widen) your pupils to allow them to get a better view of the inside of your eyes, including the retina.
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT): This test uses light waves to create cross-sectional retinal images, helping our doctor identify any changes.
  • Fluorescein angiogram: This test involves injecting a dye into your arm and then taking pictures of the blood vessels in your retina to help your doctor identify any damaged or leaking blood vessels.

If we detect any signs of diabetic retinopathy, we'll develop a treatment plan to help manage the condition and prevent vision loss. Treatment may include medications, laser surgery, or injections.Ballard Vision Associates is here to ensure your visual well-being, so schedule an eye exam today, and let's help you take control of your health.