Diabetic Eye Exams in New Albany

According to the CDC, diabetes leads to vision loss more than any other condition for people aged 18-64. Diabetes causes bleeding and swelling in the retina, which can lead to complications such as scarring inside the eye and potentially retinal detachments.

At Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare, we emphasize the importance of annual eye exams for everyone with diabetes, regardless of whether you currently experience visual problems. The eyes can be among the first parts of the body affected by diabetes, making early detection and monitoring crucial. Additionally, the eyes are unique because they are the only part of the body where we can directly observe blood vessels. This allows us to detect signs of disease in the eyes that may indicate problems elsewhere in the body.

Diabetic Eye Exams in New Albany

According to the CDC, diabetes leads to vision loss more than any other condition for people aged 18-64. Diabetes causes bleeding and swelling in the retina, which can lead to complications such as scarring inside the eye and potentially retinal detachments.

At Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare, we emphasize the importance of annual eye exams for everyone with diabetes, regardless of whether you currently experience visual problems. The eyes can be among the first parts of the body affected by diabetes, making early detection and monitoring crucial. Additionally, the eyes are unique because they are the only part of the body where we can directly observe blood vessels. This allows us to detect signs of disease in the eyes that may indicate problems elsewhere in the body.

Why Are Annual Eye Exams Important For Those With Diabetes?

Routine vision exams are the best way to prevent vision loss from diabetes. We recommend a diabetic eye exam at least every 12 months for all individuals with diabetes. Our doctors at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare educate patients and support their lifelong eye health.

In addition to annual exams, we recommend screening photos and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to monitor ocular health in diabetic patients. OCT scans allow us to see the cell layers that make up the retina and check for any abnormalities, such as bleeding and swelling caused by diabetes. These tests provide valuable information for monitoring and assessing eye health.

By examining the blood vessels in the eyes, we can gain insights into your overall health. Signs of disease in the eye’s blood vessels can be early indicators of issues like high blood pressure or other systemic conditions. We also coordinate care by sending detailed reports to your primary care provider or endocrinologist to keep them updated on your eye health and overall wellness.

Even if you have no current visual problems, schedule your yearly eye exam with us today. At Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare, we commit to your eye health education and will support you in your journey towards greater eye health and overall wellness.

Contact us today to schedule your annual diabetic eye exam!

1– This is a high resolution image of the back of the retina, which allows us to see blood vessels, the optic nerve (connects the eye and brain together), and macula (central vision).

2– This is a cross section of the retina that lets us see the individual cell layers, which allows us to see diabetic changes as well as macular degeneration and detachments of the retina.

3 – These are thickness comparison maps. These allow us to compare how thick or thin parts of the eyes are compared to a normal healthy eye. Using these maps helps us gauge risk of and monitor diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and keep the best, most complete record of current eye health so we can track people’s eyes more completely.