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Diabetes and Your Eyes

Allisonville Eye Care Center – Specializing in Diabetic Eye Care

Mark W. Roark, OD, FAAO and Daniel J. Bollier, OD

Know the Answers to These Questions

Q: Why should I be concerned about diabetes?

A: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 70!

Q: When diabetes causes eye problems, what are the most common symptoms?

A: Blurry or declining vision, as well as fluctuating vision, are among the most common symptoms caused by diabetes.

Q: What causes vision loss?

A: Diabetic retinopathy is the biggest threat to vision. Chronic elevated blood sugar can damage the small blood vessels in the back of the eye and lead to bleeding, swelling, and retinal damage. If left untreated, permanent vision loss and blindness can occur.

Q: How can I reduce the likelihood of this happening?

A: Keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol controlled will reduce the likelihood of vision loss. However, since early diagnosis is key, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly by your eye doctor.

Q: Are there other eye conditions I should be concerned about?

A: Other eye conditions found more frequently in patients with diabetes include dry eye disease, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Q: What should I expect at an eye exam?

A: To detect diabetic retinopathy, we will dilate your pupils and examine the inside of your eyes with special lenses. Photographs and other advanced technology can also assist in providing a thorough examination. A report of the findings will be discussed with you and communicated to your primary care doctor.

Q: How often should I have an eye examination?

A: Based on the results of your eye examination, you will be informed as to how often you need to be seen. The maximum interval between visits will be 12 months.

Q: Are there supplements I can take to reduce my risk of diabetic eye problems?

A: Our holistic approach to diabetic eye care includes specific nutritional intervention shown in research to improve function and reduce the risk of diabetic complications. We will recommend a specific program for you. Please call our office at 317-577-0707 if you have further questions.