Diabetic Retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes, which can lead to blindness. If you have diabetes, you are at increased risk of developing eye disease. However, there are measures you can take to help keep your eyes healthy. Here at Vivid Vision, Dr. Fletcher takes a 1 on 1 approach to ensure proper screening, diagnosis and management of all Diabetic patients. Dr. Fletcher communicates directly with your primary care physician to ensure they are always up to date on your eye health.
Reduce your risk of eye disease caused by Diabetes
Undergoing eye exams every year is very important for people with diabetes. Eye exams give you an indication of how diabetes is affecting your overall health. Controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol will also help prevent or delay the development of eye disease. Be sure to:
Work with your family doctor to control your blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol
Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise
Have an eye exam with an optometrist every year.
What can you expect from your Diabetic health check?
With regular eye examinations, Dr. Breanna Fletcher can diagnose diabetic eye disease at an early stage. Treatment at this stage can often prevent vision loss. Looking at the blood vessels in the eye also gives an indication of how diabetes is affecting other parts of the body. Changes inside the retina can offer an early warning sign of damage to the heart, kidneys, and elsewhere in the body.
Dr. Breanna Fletcher will dilate your pupils with eye drops to get a good look at the back of your eye. Dilation can cause blurry vision for several hours, so someone should be available to drive you home from your exam.