Here at The Eye Center, we serve many patients in the Okmulgee, South Tulsa, and Bixby areas. When your first visit our optometrist, one of the first things we will ask you is whether or not you have diabetes. Diabetes affects most of your organs and your eyes are no exception. Anyone with diabetes must have regular diabetic eye exams. Diabetic eye exams allow our optometrist to diagnose and treat diabetic eye disease before vision loss is allowed to occur.
Diabetes and Your Eyes
People who have diabetes are in danger of experiencing what is known as diabetic retinopathy. This disorder affects the blood vessels of the eyes. They may start to swell and leak. Eventually, new blood vessels may begin to develop. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to permanent vision loss.
The Diabetic Eye Exam
Our optometrist will dilate your pupils so that they can get a better look at what is going on inside. Our eye doctor will look for leaking or swollen blood vessels, optic nerve damage, and changes in the lenses of your eyes. If a problem is suspected, our eye doctor can get a better look by injecting a special dye into your arm to check how blood is flowing through your eyes and help detect leaks or clots.
Who Needs Diabetic Eye Exams?
Anyone with diabetes needs to schedule regular diabetic eye exams. How frequently you should schedule appointments depends on the severity of your condition:
- Those with Type 1 diabetes should schedule an exam within five years of diagnosis and then yearly after that.
- Those with Type 2 diabetes should get an exam immediately upon diagnosis because nearly twenty percent of those diagnosed already have some eye damage.
- Pregnant women with diabetes should get an exam during the first trimester and another one year after the birth of the baby.
Contact Our Optometrist for Diabetic Eye Exams in South Tulsa, Okmulgee, and Bixby
At The Eye Center, we have been providing residents of South Tulsa, Okmulgee, and Bixby with reliable eye care services for many years. Our optometrist will carefully assess your eyes to diagnose any underlying diabetic eye disorders and provide the corresponding treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today or request an appointment online.