A diabetic eye exam at EyeCare Associates of San Bernardino will help you to avoid the complications and effects that diabetes can cause your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that can occur in anyone with either type one or type two diabetes. The longer you are diabetic, the more prone you are to being affected by it. A yearly diabetic eye exam with our Fontana eye doctor will allow early detection of any signs that diabetic retinopathy may be present. And early detection typically yields the most positive results with any disease.
You cannot simply just wait until you notice symptoms and then seek treatment, because diabetic retinopathy often shows no obvious symptoms until it has advanced and become more potentially dangerous to your vision. That is simply not a risk you should be willing to accept. Everyone should have a yearly eye exam, but the need for diabetics is greater. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar leads to damage in your eyes’ blood vessels. If not addressed in a timely fashion, diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss, glaucoma, and in extreme circumstances it can even cause death. Our Fontana eye doctor does not mean to alarm you, but it is essential to drive home the importance of staying on top of your eye health when you are managing diabetes.
In between yearly exams, or more frequently if our Fontana eye doctor determines that your eyes should be monitored sooner, there are some symptoms that you should be aware of. They are not always present, but if they are, you should call us and schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Signs to notice are blurred vision, problems perceiving colors, seeing floaters (spots in front of your eyes), and any vision loss. None of these symptoms ensures that you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy, but they should not be ignored.
Diabetes can cause various complications in those are not confined to your eyes, of course. Besides regular diabetic eye exams, following your primary doctor’s guidance on diet, medication, and lifestyle is key to keeping your blood sugar regulated. Our Fontana eye doctor wants you to enjoy the highest level of heath possible and to make sure that diabetic retinopathy does not cause your eyes to be compromised.