If you have diabetes, you probably already know that it can negatively impact your eyes. It is important that you come in to see our optometrist at our Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas for periodic diabetic testing in Vegas.
Patients who have diabetes, run the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a collective term for a series of eye diseases which can affect the blood vessels that surround the retina. Diabetic testing in Vegas at our vision practice will let you know whether or not you are developing any problems with diabetic retinopathy. Should any problems be seen, either your condition will be closely monitored, or you may need to receive advanced care, in the form of laser treatment. If this is the case, our optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist who specializes in the disease. Our eye doctor will be able to see whether or not you are experiencing any problems with diabetic retinopathy by closely examining your retina and the blood vessels that surround it, during a dilated eye exam. An ophthalmoscope is used to view the back of the eye after the eye is dilated using medicated eye drops. Many times, patients are not even aware of the fact that they have diabetic retinopathy when it is in its early stages. When abnormal new blood vessels form around the retina, as they do with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, these new, weak blood vessels can leek. This can cause either small specs or large floaters to be seen in the eye. If there is a hemorrhage, vision will become blurred. Scarring can develop in the eye which can lead to permanent vision problems. The best way to avoid any problems from diabetic retinopathy is to try to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Early preventive treatment is the key.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor for diabetic testing in Vegas, contact us today.
Diabetic Testing in Vegas
If you have either type one or type two diabetes, it can cause a variety of complications and pose serious risks to your health, and that most certainly includes your eyes. In fact, diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in people who are 65 years of age or older. It is essential that you get our diabetic testing in Vegas once per year if you do have diabetes. When diagnosed early, diabetic retinopathy, the disease that is directly linked to diabetes, is treatable and manageable. But if it is left undetected, it can eventually block the flow of blood to your eyes, resulting in loss of vision and even complete blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is “silent” as are most eye diseases. This means that there are no symptoms to alert you to it until it has reached a more advanced stage.
As this disease progresses, you may start to notice signs. Among them are blurred vision, floaters (spots that appear within your field of vision), difficulties in color perception, and any degree of vision loss. In the event that you experience one or more of these indications, it’s important that you schedule our diabetic testing in Vegas as soon as possible. Our eye doctor will form a diagnosis and offer recommendations based on how severe your symptoms are and other factors that are unique to you.
In mild cases of diabetic retinopathy, you may not require any treatment at all, besides making an effort to get your blood sugar under control. Fluctuations in blood sugar are the reason that damage to your retinal blood vessels occurs. If our diabetic testing in Vegas reveals that you have diabetic retinopathy, our eye doctor will work with you in conjunction with your primary physician to control your symptoms. A combination of dietary changes, medication, and lifestyle adjustments can be very effective in managing your diabetes, and by extension your diabetic retinopathy. In moderate to more severe instances, laser surgery might be recommended to shrink leaking blood vessels. It is our goal to prevent you from reaching that point, if possible. So call us today and schedule a diabetic eye exam with us.