A diabetic eye specialist is an ophthalmologist with extensive experience in caring for common eye diseases that affect people with diabetes. Eye disease is very common among people with diabetes. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness – such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. In fact, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Diabetic-related eye problems develop from high blood sugar levels which can cause damage to blood vessels in the eye. Over 40% of diabetic patients will develop some form of eye disease in their life. The risk of developing eye problems can be reduced through regular eye exams with a diabetic eye specialist and by keeping blood sugar levels under control through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Diabetic eye conditions often develop without any noticeable vision loss or pain, and so by the time the patient notices any symptoms, considerable damage may have already been done to the eye. For this reason, it is important for diabetic patients to have their eyes examined at least once a year with a qualified diabetic eye specialist to ensure early detection of any serious problems. Early detection and treatment are the strongest protection against diabetic eye diseases and can help prevent permanent damage. There are very effective treatments to help preserve vision if you develop diabetic eye problems, but these treatments are most effective if initiated before any vision is lost.
An exam in Medford with diabetic eye specialist Dr. Lemley will consist of several vision tests that may include visual acuity, tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, slit lamp and gonioscopy.
Contact Medical Eye Center at 541-779-4711 or medfordretinacare.com to schedule an appointment […]