Diabetic Eye Care in Boca Raton, FL

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What is Diabetic Eye Care?

Diabetes can increase the risk of vision threats, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels in the retina. When left untreated, diabetic eye diseases can lead to vision loss. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can preserve the health of your eyes by regularly seeing an eye specialist that understands how to identify, prevent, and manage diabetic eye diseases. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center are ready to partner with you for your diabetic eye care. Schedule a visit at our center in Boca Raton, FL to learn more about your options.

What are the symptoms of diabetic eye diseases?

Eye complications from diabetes often have no early warning symptoms, which is why it is important to have regular visits with a diabetic eye specialist if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Common symptoms of advanced diabetic eye disease in Boca Raton, FL patients include:

  • Dark spots
  • Floaters
  • Flashes of light
  • Blurry vision
  • Color blindness
  • Vision loss

How are Diabetic Eye Conditions Managed?

Your ophthalmologist at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center will perform yearly diabetic eye exams to screen for any possible complications. Some of these tests may include dilating your pupils with special eye drops to take pictures of and examine the retina and other surrounding eye structures. It is also important to perform a regular tonometry test to check your eye's intraocular pressure and test for glaucoma. The results of these tests will allow our ophthalmologists to determine if additional ophthalmic work is necessary to preserve your vision. These additional treatments may include medications, eye injections, or surgeries.

Diabetic Eye Care FAQ

How are diabetic eye diseases detected?

It is important to note that many eye diseases that diabetes raises the risk factor for have no initial symptoms. It is extremely important to see your regular eye doctor for a once-yearly comprehensive eye exam that includes dilation so that eye diseases can be detected early for the best prognosis.

How are diabetic eye diseases prevented?

Diabetic eye diseases are best prevented by continued management of your blood sugar, regular exercise, and quitting smoking. However, even if your diabetes is under control, it is vital that you continue to receive regular once-yearly comprehensive eye exams with dilation so any eye diseases that you develop can be caught early.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes damage to the blood vessels of the retina or the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Like most diabetic eye diseases, diabetic retinopathy may not cause any initial signs or symptoms until the condition has significantly progressed. Anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy.

Preserve your Vision

When you have diabetes, visiting your ophthalmologist to screen for diabetic eye diseases is just as important as visiting your regular medical physician to manage your diabetes. Our Clewner & Kelly Eye Center ophthalmologists have advanced expertise in treating diabetic eye complications and helping patients to preserve their vision. To schedule a diabetic eye exam, contact our Boca Raton, FL practice and speak to our knowledgeable team today.

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