If you have diabetes or suspect you may have diabetes, it’s important to schedule an eye exam once per year. Diabetes can increase your risk for eye diseases that cause significant vision loss and even lead to blindness. Some of the conditions may have no early warning signals, so visiting an eye doctor is “job one,” says Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist with Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey. Call the office or book an appointment online for a preventive eye health exam.
Serious eye conditions that can lead to loss of vision or blindness include
If you have diabetes, you should have your eyes examined at least once a year. Bring along a list of all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications to your exam, because some of these medicines can cause vision changes.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye condition of people with diabetes. Dr. Zabarko coordinates with a partner ophthalmologist who performs laser surgery, a proven technique to reduce the possibility of vision loss by 60%. In addition, an ophthalmologist can perform a vitrectomy, which removes scar tissue and liquid-like vitreous, replacing it with a saline solution.
If Dr. Zabarko detects signs of glaucoma or cataracts, she refers you to a trusted ophthalmologist for treatment.