What Is Diabetic Eye Care?
Diabetes impacts more than your general health; it can also affect your eyesight and eye health. When you have diabetes, routine eye exams are more important than ever. Diabetic patients are more at risk for glaucoma, cataracts, macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. These conditions can lead to vision loss if left untreated. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, our Overland Park and Shawnee Mission, KS, and Belton, MO eye specialists understand the impact diabetes can have on your health and are here to help. It's essential to work with an eye care center that understands the unique needs diabetic patients. To learn more about diabetic eye care at Heart of America Eye Care, contact your nearest location to request an appointment.
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How Are Diabetic Eye Conditions Managed?
At Heart of America Eye Care, our eye doctors work closely with diabetic patients to complete detailed eye exams each year. This exam often includes a variety of diagnostic tests to check your eye health and reduce your chances of experiencing vision loss. We will also likely dilate your eyes to review the internal structures of your eye — such as the retina — since these areas can be significantly affected by diabetes. We may also perform tonometry, which tests the intraocular pressure of your eyes for signs of glaucoma. Lastly, we will perform a visual acuity test, which tests and tracks for any changes in your vision. Depending on your condition and results, you may need medications, eye injections, or another treatment to help maintain your eye health.
Eye Care for Diabetics
When you have diabetes, yearly checkups are essential. Just as you schedule routine appointments with your primary care physician to monitor your diabetes, you also need to maintain routine appointments with your eye care specialist. These regular visits can help us detect changes in your vision and eye health and significantly reduce your chances of vision loss. It's important to remember that most diabetic eye conditions, such as glaucoma, do not have warning signs, making these routine appointments vital in catching issues early on. To request an appointment or learn more about caring for your eye health when you have diabetes, contact Heart of America, P.A., at any of our locations in Overland Park, KS or Shawnee Mission, KS, or Belton, MO.