Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic Eye Screening services offered in Phoenix, AZ

Diabetes affects various aspects of your health, including your eyes and vision. A diabetic eye screening is necessary to prevent long-term problems like diabetic neuropathy and glaucoma. If you require a diabetic eye exam.call the Jasser Center for Comprehensive Care today or request a consultation on the website.

Diabetic Eye Screening Q&A

Why do I need a diabetic eye screening?

Diabetes is a chronic medical problem affecting how your body uses insulin to control blood sugar. Over time, diabetes causes issues with the small blood vessels throughout your body.

Your eyes are one of the areas affected by diabetes. Chronically elevated blood sugars damage the tiny vessels, the part of your eye called your retina.

Diabetic retinopathy is a severe condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if you don’t catch it early on. 

A diabetic eye screening is an essential part of your healthcare when you’re living with diabetes. An eye specialist thoroughly examines your retina and blood vessels to keep track of how diabetes is affecting your eyes.

Staying on top of your eyesight is essential to prevent permanent vision loss. You should have a diabetic eye screening yearly to keep on top of your vision.

What eye problems does diabetes cause?

One of the significant issues diabetes causes is diabetic retinopathy. According to the American College of Ophthalmology, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness.

The tiny blood vessels in your eye are affected by high blood sugar levels, leading to damage and complications. 

When you have diabetic retinopathy, the damaged blood vessels leak fluid and blood into your retina, which leads to retinal damage and possibly vision loss.

It’s essential to catch diabetic retinopathy early on to prevent serious complications like diabetic macular edema. The complication leads to swelling in the center of your retina, causing blood vessel damage and vision loss.

What should I expect at a diabetic eye screening?

During a diabetic eye screening, the team evaluates your overall eye health. It examines the small blood vessels in your retina. 

Although these exams are similar to regular eye exams, they focus more on your retina and blood vessels to find damage early on.

There are some other slight differences between a diabetic eye screening compared with a regular vision screening, which include:

  • Pupil dilation
  • Glaucoma testing
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Optical coherence tomography

A vision screening is also in your diabetic eye exam, and your insurance covers the entire screening.

To schedule your quick and easy diabetic eye screening today, call the Jasser Center for Comprehensive Care or request an appointment online.