Monitor Your Risk of Diabetic Eye Disease
When you have diabetes, you also have higher risks for several eye diseases. You’ll need to be extra diligent about monitoring your eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema. Since some of these diseases can be invisible to the untrained eye, so regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist are your best line of defense.
Millions of people in the US are at risk of blindness from diabetic eye diseases, but our practice can help. Trust us to spot the signs of these problems while there’s still time to prevent their harshest effects. Please book your diabetic eye exam today.
Watch Out For These Eye Diseases if You Have Diabetes
High blood sugar from diabetes sometimes causes diabetic retinopathy, which can make the blood vessels attached to your retina swell up with fluid and eventually burst. These broken blood vessels can leak blood and other fluids into your eyes, obscuring your vision.
Your eye may grow new blood vessels to replace the old ones. However, the replacements tend to be weaker and often keep leaking, eventually forming scar tissue that can dislodge your retina and damage your vision.
Diabetic Macular Edema
When diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, it can make the macula in your retina swell, causing diabetic macular edema. The macula is responsible for your sharp central vision, so damage to this part of the eye can make it hard to drive, read, or recognize other people’s faces.
Glaucoma can come in many forms, but all of them involve optic nerve damage. The most common kind is open-angle glaucoma, which doesn’t usually show symptoms until it starts causing permanent vision loss. Open-angle glaucoma is twice as common for people with diabetes.
Glaucoma can lead to complete blindness without an eye doctor’s help. A qualified optometrist can help you manage glaucoma and preserve your vision as long as possible.
Cataracts form when the proteins in your eye’s natural lenses clump together and turn cloudy, obscuring your vision. Most people have a higher risk for cataracts as they age, but diabetes makes you more likely to develop them earlier in life.
Fortunately, vision lost to cataracts can often be restored by surgically removing the affected lenses and replacing them with artificial ones. If we discover cataracts, we can refer you to an ophthalmologist to complete this procedure.
When to Have Diabetic Eye Exams
We recommend our patients with diabetes have an eye exam every year. Seeing you more frequently means we can keep a closer eye on your risk factors and act to solve any problems we spot before they grow out of control.
An eye exam may also uncover signs of diabetes in people who don’t know they have it. If we see anything like this, we’ll tell you so you can follow up with your family doctor.
Let us help protect your eyes from diabetic eye diseases. Book your appointment with us today.
Our Location in Hollywood
Our practice is just off Carrillo Drive, in the scenic Carthay Circle Garden Plaza.
We offer valet parking in the building, and there is ample street parking in the neighborhood.
- 955 Carrillo Drive, Suite 105
- Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- 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