If you have diabetes, you are probably already aware that this can have an effect on your vision. When you have diabetes, it is important that you have periodic eye exams at The Eyeglass Shop to make sure that your eyes are remaining healthy. Our expert therapeutic optometrist, Dr. Matt Aaker, can provide you with a complete eye exam San Antonio, which includes a diabetic eye exam.
When you have diabetes, you are much more prone to developing problems with the retina which is found at the back of your eye. This is because consistently elevated levels of sugar in your bloodstream can affect the blood vessels that surrounded and nourish the retina. When your blood sugar affects these blood vessels, you will develop a form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is actually a collective term for several different diseases all of which have an effect on the retina and nearby blood vessels. Sometimes, diabetic retinopathy will cause existing blood vessels to leak blood or fluid into the eyes. This can cause serious vision problems if left untreated. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is an extremely dangerous condition where the blood vessels that surround the retina begin to multiply and even grow over the retina. These blood vessels are very weak, and are extremely likely to break and leak fluids into the eye. Eventually this can cause scarring in the eye, and can even cause retinal detachment or other vision problems. Patients with diabetes may also be more prone to developing other types of vision problems such as glaucoma or cataracts. During our eye exam San Antonio, your eyes will be completely screened for a wide variety of eye diseases which include: glaucoma; macular degeneration; diabetic retinopathy; retinal tears; dry eyes; and other problems of the cornea, macula, and retina.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor for an eye exam San Antonio, contact us today.