Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Exams:
Patients diagnosed with borderline blood sugar levels or those diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes should be monitored regularly by their eye care provider due to risk for diabetic retinopathy. This requires a more in depth evaluation of the retina and ocular structures. The two biggest risk factors of diabetic changes in the eye are uncontrolled glucose levels as well as the duration of disease (how long you have been diagnosed with diabetes). Diabetes can cause fluctuations in your prescription, early cataract formation and can damage the retina which may lead to irreversible vision loss. Sudden changes in vision in diabetic patients should be further explored to prevent vision loss or prevent further damage to our vision.