The ADA Recommends Eye Exams
Living with diabetes can affect your health in many ways, including your ocular health. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends annual diabetic eye exams to help maintain your vision and prevent ocular problems.
Booking an appointment to assess your ocular health is one step you can take to protect your ocular health.
How Does Diabetes Affect Your Eyes?
Individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing eye diseases, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR), and diabetic macular edema (DME).
The symptoms can be subtle. Yearly diabetic eye exams can monitor changes or patterns to prevent worsening symptoms or conditions. Some common symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Floaters, dark spots, or strings
- Empty or dark areas
- Difficulty focusing
- Altered color vision
- Vision loss (partial or total)
The longer you live with diabetes, the more likely you’ll develop conditions that affect your eye health. Diabetic eye exams are a useful tool in preventing changes to your vision and protecting your ocular health.
If you have concerns about diabetic eye disease, we can help. Start by talking to your optometrist about managing your eye health. Then, we can come up with a game plan that works for you.
What To Expect
A diabetic eye exam is similar to a comprehensive eye exam with some key differences. Your eye doctor will focus on the health of your retina and ocular blood vessels.
One standard method of assessing your eye health during a diabetic eye exam is retinal imaging.
- Fundus photography records color images of the interior surface of your eye.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) uses light waves to create cross-sectional images of your retina.
We can make your eye exam more accurate and more comfortable by using our technology. However, some methods may require the use of eye drops.
Book an appointment with your eye doctor to learn more about how you can protect your vision.
Learn More About Eye Care on Daniel Island
Maintaining your eye health is easier with expert advice. Visit Daniel Island Eye Care for healthy vision that goes beyond 20/20.
Located between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC, you can find us at the corner of Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive, next to Orlando’s Pizza. We have parking in front and a large lot behind our building.
- 297 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 101
- Daniel Island, SC 29492
- Phone: 843-471-2733
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 AM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed