If you have diabetes, you probably already know that diabetes can seriously affect your eyesight. Patients with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. Diabetic retinopathy is a series of different medical conditions that affect the blood vessels which surround and nourish the retina. If you would like to be seen by our fine ophthalmologist for a diabetic screening and management eye exam, you will be able to rest assured that your eyes are being very well taken care of. Our vision expert in Garden Grove is extremely experienced in working with patients who have diabetes.
At our ophthalmology practice, Orange Coast Eye Center, we are very pleased to have two expert ophthalmologists on staff. They are Dr. Lincoln L. Manzi, Jr. and Dr. Jared R. Younger. In order to prevent the development of macular degeneration, it is very important to keep your blood sugar levels under control. When blood sugar is high, it can cause different types of changes in the blood vessels that surround and nourish the retina. Blood vessels can either leak, or begin to multiply around the retina. Both of these occurrences will cause visual problems. Our vision expert in Garden Grove will be able to monitor any development of macular degeneration during a diabetic eye exam.
If you have diabetes, you may also be at greater risk for developing glaucoma or other eye diseases. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for people under the age of 65. Many eye diseases, can be treated using laser surgery, or other types of eye surgery. If you develop macular degeneration, it means that you have had a breakdown of the macula, which is the central portion of the retina. Comprehensive yearly exams will also help to screen for this serious medical problem; if found, preventive measures and treatments can be provided by our ophthalmologist. With all types of eye problems, the sooner it is found, the more likely it is to be successfully treated. Early treatment is also generally the least complicated method. It is very important to come in for diabetic screening of your eyes, since many changes to the eyes do not cause any symptoms, and will only be found during a comprehensive eye exam. Our vision expert in Garden Grove will be able to let you know exactly how often you should come in for eye exams, given your individual situation and medical and eye health history. At our practice we can also perform OTC imaging of the retina to aid in diagnosis. For an appointment for a diabetic screening, or management of an existing eye condition, contact us today.