Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma
Anand Bhatt, MD
Cataract and Glaucoma Surgeon serving Orange County located in North Tustin, Santa Ana, CA
If you’re living with diabetes, you’re also at risk of eye-related health problems, including diabetic retinopathy. Undergoing a diabetic eye screening at least once each year can alert you to potential problems and preserve your vision for years to come. At Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma in Santa Ana, California, Anand Bhatt, MD, provides diabetic eye screenings to adults. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.
Diabetic Eye Screening Q & A
What is a diabetic eye screening?
A diabetic eye screening is a preventive exam used to determine your risk of vision problems caused by diabetes.
If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to experience glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and vision loss. Early detection and treatment can significantly lower the risk of complications and help your eyes stay healthy.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a chronic condition that damages the blood vessels in your retina. The retina is located at the back of your eye and contains millions of light-sensitive rods and cones that help you see. Over time, diabetic retinopathy causes your vision to become blurry and less sharp. Without prompt intervention and treatment, it ultimately leads to vision loss.
Who should participate in a diabetic eye screening?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes should participate in a diabetic eye screening at least once a year. This is especially true if you’re pregnant, have had diabetes, or you’re a smoker.
It’s important to schedule an exam even if your vision seems fine. Diabetic retinopathy presents few symptoms early on, so you might be at risk and not realize it.
What happens during a diabetic eye screening?
Dr. Bhatt begins a diabetic eye screening by conducting a comprehensive eye exam and reviewing your vision health history. He then asks you questions about your symptoms and lifestyle and inquires about your diabetes management plan.
After gathering this information, Dr. Bhatt dilates your eyes with special eye drops. Once your pupils enlarge, he may conduct further testing, like optical coherence tomography.
Optical coherence tomography is another diagnostic imaging procedure. It provides a cross-section of your eyes and highlights the thickness of your retina. Optical coherence tomography can also identify weak or damaged blood vessels that might leak.
How can I prevent diabetes-related vision problems?
There’s no way to prevent diabetes-related vision problems entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk. Dr. Bhatt recommends:
- Strict Blood Sugar Control
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Visiting your primary care physician for routine checkups
By adhering to these guidelines, you can keep your blood sugar levels in check and preserve your vision.
Don’t wait to request a diabetic eye screening at Orange County Cataract and Glaucoma. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today.