Preserving Your Eye Health Starts With an Eye Exam
Did you know that some health conditions can also affect your eye health?
Diabetes is one of the most common health concerns Americans face today, and its effects can have a serious impact on your eye health. Regular eye exams can monitor how diabetes can affect your eye health and detect potential issues before you experience symptoms.
By using up-to-date technology and modern techniques, our team can give you a fully comprehensive view of your eye health and provide the strategies you need to preserve your vision.
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How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes
If you have diabetes, we recommend having annual eye exams.
Diabetes can increase the risk of several eye diseases and conditions, some of which may lead to permanent vision loss if they’re not managed early enough. These diseases can develop when high blood sugar affects the blood vessels in your retina, which can cause them to bulge, break, and leak blood and fluids.
High blood sugar occurs when diabetes either affects how your body processes sugar in your bloodstream or how your body produces insulin, an essential hormone used to manage your blood sugar levels. If you have high blood sugar, you may also have a higher risk of developing issues that affect your teeth and heart.
If you have diabetes, make sure you visit your family doctor regularly to get help managing your blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar levels could help reduce your risk of developing various health problems.
Detecting Diabetes-Related Eye Diseases & Conditions
Some of the technologies we use during your eye exam include:
- Optical coherence tomography, which generates detailed cross-sectional images of your retina.
- Ultra-wide field fundus photography, which captures color images of your retina, macula, and optic disc.
- iCare & Goldmann tonometry, which measures your eye pressure levels to detect signs of glaucoma.
Using the information these devices provide, we can create strategies to help manage your eye health and preserve your vision.
High blood sugar can affect the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to bulge, break, and leak fluid. When this event happens, it’s called diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease commonly associated with diabetes, and it could lead to permanent vision loss without treatment.
There are 2 types of diabetic retinopathy:
- Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the most common and occurs earliest. This disease affects your retina’s blood vessels, causing them to leak fluid.
- Proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a more severe version, occurs when the retina develops abnormal blood vessels to compensate for fluid loss. These vessels break easily and can create scar tissue that may increase the risk of retinal detachment.
When diabetic retinopathy causes fluids to leak from damaged blood vessels, the fluid can build up in the central area of your retina called the macula, leading to a disease known as diabetic macular edema.
Your macula is responsible for providing the central vision you use to see fine details and read, but diabetic macular edema can affect this area over time and cause blurry vision or permanent vision loss.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma, a group of diseases that affect your optic nerve. As the disease develops, it can cause peripheral vision loss before leading to complete vision loss.
Diabetes can double your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma.
Learn more about this disease by visiting our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.
A cataract is a common age-related eye condition that affects your crystalline lens.
However, diabetes can increase the risk of developing cataracts by allowing high blood sugar into your aqueous humor. Over time, your eye’s lens can become hazy or cloudy, leading to potential vision problems.
Learn more about cataracts by visiting our Adult & Senior Eye Exams page.
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Our practice is located on Retail Drive by the Chick-fil-A, next to Capital Boulevard off of HWY 98. There is a parking available in the lot directly in front of our practice.
- 11724 Retail Dr
- Wake Forest, NC 27587
- Phone: 919-562-5559
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
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