What Is a Diabetic Eye Exam?

A diabetic eye exam by our diabetic eye doctor team in Clearwater, FL, can detect potential vision changes before you notice any. Dr. Kyle Linsey, Dr. Jorge Malouf, and Dr. Tanya Perich of Clearwater Eye and Laser Center additionally rely on these exams to help track the progression of any existing eye issues already diagnosed.

At a diabetes eye exam, our team will inspect the retina and optic nerve (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye).

Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR)

At a diabetic eye exam, our ophthalmologists will dilate (open) your pupils and examine the inside of your eyes. We will also use tonometry (pressure measurement) to check eye pressure and test vision.

Our ophthalmologists will look for signs of nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) during your examination. These include microaneurysms, an outpouring of retinal blood vessels, intraretinal hemorrhages, and venous beading.

These symptoms of NPDR may not affect your vision and do not necessitate treatment. Nonetheless, regular dilated eye exams are recommended to detect diabetic retinopathy before it causes vision changes.

Early detection and management of high blood sugar can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing proliferative retinopathy or other visual complications. This is why it is so important to visit your diabetic eye doctor in Clearwater, FL, regularly.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR)

PDR (profound diabetic retinopathy) is the most severe form of diabetic retinopathy and, if left untreated, can result in permanent vision loss.

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is significantly increased when blood sugar levels remain chronically elevated for an extended period. Therefore, it's essential to maintain reasonable control of your glucose levels at all times.

Our doctors will examine the health of your retina with a comprehensive exam that includes an examination of the back of the eye. We will then use fluorescein angiography to detect changes in blood flow through retinal vessels.

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a severe complication of diabetic retinopathy that could result in vision loss. DME occurs when high levels of sugar in the blood damage small blood vessels in the retina, allowing fluid to leak out and cause swelling around the macula - the central part of the retina - to develop.

Nevertheless, DME is more common among those with diabetes who have not closely monitored their blood glucose levels for an extended period. Our doctors will use specialized lights and lenses to examine both eyes during your exam. We may also dilate your pupils, giving us a view of your retina.

Call the Clearwater Eye and Laser Center at (727) 446-7578 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Linsey, Dr. Malouf, and Dr. Perich, your Clearwater, FL, diabetic eye doctor team.

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