Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes can harm your eyes. It can damage the small blood vessels in your retina, the back wall of your eyeball. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes also increases your risk of glaucoma and other eye problems.
You may not know your eyes are harmed until the problem is very bad. With regular eye exams, Dr. Lovinggood can catch problems early. The early stages of diabetic retinopathy don't cause changes in vision and you won't have symptoms. Only an eye exam can detect the problem, so that steps can be taken to prevent the retinopathy from getting worse. Even if your primary care physician who manages your diabetes checks your eyes, you still need an eye exam every 1 to 2 years by an optometrist. Our office has equipment that can check the back of your eye much better than your regular doctor can. However, if you have eye problems secondary to diabetes, you will probably see your optometrist more often for close follow up and monitoring. Dr. Lovinggood is driven to provide the best care and most advanced technology to care for our diabetic population. Our advanced technology, Optos imaging, is clinically proven as a leader in imaging patients with diabetes to support the early detection of diabetic retinopathy and related diseases. Color fundus photography, such as ultra-widefield imaging with Optos, is a useful tool in the management of diabetic eye disease. Digital images taken by the Optos machine enable easy and immediate review of images, straightforward image magnification, and the ability to easily enhance and manipulate images. Fundus photography is helpful for documentation of the retinopathy as well as educating the patient and demonstrating to them what their disease looks like because you can see the images in our office immediately after they are taken. This is useful for monitoring for improvement or progression of diabetic retinopathy over time. In addition to the Optos imaging tool, we also house the OCT technology. It is currently the most important test in evaluation and management of diabetic macular edema. OCT can determine whether diabetic macular edema is center-involving or noncenter-involving, which is important when deciding on therapy. OCT can also demonstrate a number of microanatomical features in diabetic macular edema. OCT can demonstrate areas of subclinical macular edema, as well as help confirm the absence of macular thickening.

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