Did you know systemic diseases like diabetes can manifest in the eye? In fact, one of the most common places to find diabetes is during your annual eye exam. The eye is known as the window to the body’s systemic health, and our doctors ensure all proper measures are taken to coordinate your healthcare with your family physician or specialist.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. The blood vessels that supply nourishment to the retina is weakened and can leak, swell or develop thin branches, causing a loss of vision. In its advanced stages, the disease can cause blurred or cloudy vision and blind spots – and, eventually, blindness. This damage is irreversible. Because the consequences of diabetic retinopathy can be so severe, it is standard of care to have a comprehensive diabetic eye exam every year, whether you are newly diagnosed or have had it for 15 years.