Lafayette Eye Associates Offers Diabetic Retinopathy Care
Taking care of your vision and eye health should be a part of everyone’s general healthcare. However, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to take extra special care of your eyes. Regular eye exams become even more important and should be part of your diabetes care. At Lafayette Eye Associates in Lafayette Hill, PA, we provide the special eye care individuals with diabetes need.
Eye Care Is Especially Important When You Have Diabetes
Diabetes causes changes throughout the body. When blood glucose is not well controlled, it can damage blood vessels over time. The blood vessels in the eyes are very small and fragile. High blood glucose levels can lead to abnormalities in the blood vessels that can lead to vision impairment if not treated in a timely manner. Diabetics are also more vulnerable to eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma, which can impair vision. This is why your physician will recommend more frequent eye exams if you have diabetes.
Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy includes a number of conditions that affect the eyes. The blood vessels inside the eyes may develop pouches that block blood flow. New blood vessels may grow that are abnormal and may leak fluid into the eyes, increasing eye pressure. The retina at the back of the eyes may separate, leading to a vision emergency. Your eye doctor will monitor you carefully for these problems, so that proper treatment can be administered as quickly as possible.
Detecting Changes in the Eyes Caused by Diabetes
Because high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the eyes, the eye test for diabetic retinopathy must be more thorough than a conventional eye exam. Our eye doctor will dilate your pupils and apply a yellow dye to your eyes that will allow more detailed viewing of blood vessels with special equipment. Our eye doctor will then carefully examine the internal structures of your eyes to detect any abnormalities. If a problem is found, our eye doctor may refer you to a specialist that can provide appropriate treatment for the condition.
Choose Lafayette Eye Associates for Your Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Care
The vision professionals at Lafayette Eye Associates are dedicated to providing quality eye care for all our patients in Lafayette Hill, PA and the surrounding areas. We offer a range of vision services, including eye exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, pre- and post-LASIK vision correction surgery care, and management of eye diseases. Call Lafayette Eye Associates today at 610-825-3937 for an appointment to have your eyes checked and to learn about preserving your vision when you have diabetes.