The eye doctors at Horvath Vision Care Northwoods are experienced at providing diabetic eye exams. Dilated fundus exams with retinal photographs are vital to your diabetic health. Diabetes can cause eye disease which results in vision loss and blindness. Upon completion of your exam, a report of your results will be sent to the doctor managing your diabetes. We will work together to ensure proper eye health and diabetic management. If surgical intervention is required, we will refer you to the proper specialist.
Diabetic eye disease at a glance
- Diabetic eye diseases are a set of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes.
- There are several kinds of diabetic eye diseases, and all of them can cause vision loss and blindness.
- People with diabetes can protect their vision by getting eye exams at least once a year.
- Controlling diabetes can help lower the risk of vision loss.
More than 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes. Having diabetes increases the risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye diseases. The most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy, but people with diabetes are also at higher risk for diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma.
The longer a person has diabetes, the greater their risk of developing diabetic eye disease. But the good news is that early detection and treatment can lower the risk of blindness by 95%. Managing diabetes — with diet, exercise, and medication — is the best way for people with diabetes to lower the risk of vision loss.