Diabetic Eye Exam

Dubuque Family Eye Care

Optometrist located in Dubuque, IA

If you are one of the more than 34 million Americans with diabetes, it’s important to book a diabetic eye exam at least once a year. Diabetes increases your risk of vision-related health problems, and diabetic eye exams can detect and treat issues early on, to preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy. At Dubuque Family Eye Care, in Dubuque, Iowa, optometrist Lynn Lester, OD, conducts diabetic eye exams for people of all ages. To schedule your appointment, call the office to speak with a team member or book one online today.

Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A

How does diabetes affect my eyes?

If you are living with diabetes, you are also more likely to experience eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is particularly dangerous because, in severe cases, it can result in permanent vision loss.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when your blood sugar levels are too high for an extended period of time. Ultimately, this damages the retina, a light-sensitive component at the back of your eye. As damage to your retina progresses, it causes blurry vision and affects your eyes’ ability to translate colors and objects. 

Eye-related health problems affect people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, it’s possible to lower your risk of complications with regular checkups and keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

What is a diabetic eye exam?

A diabetic eye exam is a preventive measure used to determine the impact of diabetes on your visual health and gives a picture into your systemic health as a whole.

During a diabetic eye exam, Dr. Lester conducts a comprehensive eye exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about any changes in your vision. She also conducts a series of tests to determine if your vision and eye health are changing as a result of diabetes.

After gathering all of this information, Dr. Lester makes recommendations for treatment. She also sends your exam report back to your primary care physician, so they can better coordinate your care.

How are diabetic eye problems diagnosed?

There are several ways to diagnose diabetes-related vision problems. At Dubuque Family Eye Care, Dr. Lester uses both dilated eye exams and fundus photography. Fundus photography takes high-definition photographs of your eyes’ retinas, which allows Dr. Lester to collect documentation to better assess change in the future, in addition to allowing a more magnified view of your retinal vessels to see changes earlier.

What should I bring to my diabetic eye exam?

In order to get the most out of your diabetic eye exam, it’s important to come prepared. Dr. Lester recommends you bring:

  • A list of the symptoms you regularly experience
  • Your last A1c reading
  • Information about when the symptoms occur
  • Your blood glucose levels at the time of each episode
  • A list of any other health issues caused by diabetes

During your appointment, Dr. Lester uses this information to assist in diagnosis and treatment. 

Don’t let diabetes negatively affect your vision and overall health. To schedule your diabetic eye exam at Dubuque Family Eye Care, call the office or book online today.