Dr. Schottenstein and his team are dedicated to providing patients of all ages, including those with Type I and Type II diabetes, quality eye care on the Upper West Side and Chelsea neighborhoods of NYC. It is very important to us that our patients are well equipped with proper eye care practices and information, especially our diabetic patients, since they are at higher risk for diabetic eye diseases that can lead to blindness and other detrimental conditions. To help learn more about eye care specifically for those with diabetes, we have addressed a few frequently asked questions below:
It is important for individuals with diabetes to get their eyes checked regularly because diabetes can lead to retinal problems that can cause early blurred vision or blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness for patients under the age of 65, however, if detected early, retinal problems can be diagnosed and treated. Diabetics should have an annual dilated retinal examination with Dr. Schottenstein.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the blood vessels that nourish your retina weaken. Retina vessels that are weak are prone to leaking, swelling or developing thin branches that are harmful to the overall health and function of your eyes. In its advanced stages, this complication can cause blurred or cloudy vision, floaters and blind spots – and, eventually, blindness. Damages can be irreversible. Therefore, early diagnosis and proper treatment is very important and the best way to avoid the development of permanent vision loss.
YES! Individuals with diabetes are more prone to acquiring diabetic retinopathy, but they can reduce their risk of developing it if they follow a proper diabetic diet, take their mediation as prescribed, exercise, avoid alcohol and cigarettes as well as maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. Regular eye exams are also an important part of maintaining healthy eyes.
If you are have more questions or concerns about diabetic eye care, or are experiencing unexplained floaters, blind spots or blurry or cloudy vision,call our office to schedule an appointmenttoday. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.