If you have diabetes, our Wicker Park ophthalmologist can’t stress enough how important regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams areas part of your normal diabetic eye care. Not only are they necessary to detect any threatening problems that can put you at risk, but to treat them as well. Statistics have shown that in the Unites States alone, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. At Wicker Park Eye Center, we pride ourselves on not only diagnosing, but treating, preventing, and educating you so you know and understand what your best treatment options are. We know that your general doctor takes care of your diabetes, and may even check your eyes, but you should still get an eye exam every 1-2 years by an eye doctor who specializes in people with diabetes.
Our Wicker Park ophthalmologist takes the time to explain that diabetes increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts but can also cause the eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. As the most common diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of your retina that swell and leak fluid. Proper diabetic eye care is so important because a comprehensive exam is the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy. Your pupil will be dilated, a device called an ophthalmoscope is used to view the retina, and this will determine the extent of the retinopathy. The best therapy is prevention and studies show that serious control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower the risk of vision loss from this disease. Laser surgery is often the first treatment recommended and is focused on leaky areas of your retina, and reabsorbing fluid. The main goal of this treatment, of course, is to prevent any further loss of vision.
These issues can be caught early if you keep up with proper diabetic eye care and get regular diabetic eye exams with our Wicker Park ophthalmologist. This includes a dilated retinal exam where your vision is checked using the Snellen chart of random letters of different sizes. Special drops will be administered to see the back of your eye more clearly, and using a bright light, our optometrist will look through a magnifying glass to see any areas that may be damaged by diabetes. Another device called a slit lamp is used to see the clear surface of your eye. There are definite steps to take for thorough diabetic eye care and Wicker Park Eye Center, our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to giving you the best treatment options available.