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April 3 , 2019 /

Annual eye exams key for those with diabetes

Subtle changes in vision can easily go unnoticed throughout the course of our daily lives. That’s why regular eye exams are recommended, as they provide ophthalmologists and optometrists an opportunity to monitor and detect developing eye conditions before vision loss occurs.

For an individual with diabetes, having a dilated eye exam each year is vital.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic. Individuals with diabetes are at risk for developing:

Diabetic retinopathy – Occurs when high blood-sugar levels damage blood vessels within the retina, resulting in decreased vision

Diabetic macular edema – An accumulation of fluid in the macula, caused by diabetic retinopathy, that can result in significant vision loss.

The National Eye Institute reports that diabetic retinopathy affects 40 to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes. Yet only half of these individuals are aware of their condition.

The early stages of diabetes-related eye conditions may not feature any notable symptoms until they reach more advanced stages, when floating spots and blurred vision become apparent. Therefore, it is essential for you to begin caring for the health of your eyes before signs of vision loss occur. This is particularly important following a diabetes diagnosis.

“We have seen individuals that have modified their diet and are mindful of their bloodsugar levels, but simply don’t realize how this condition is impacting their eyesight,” said Dr. Trevor Elmquist, founder of Elmquist Eye Group.

Those who have diabetes, or are at risk of developing diabetes, should take proactive measures to extend and protect their eye health by scheduling dilated eye exams at least once a year. During your visit to the eye doctor, trained ophthalmologists and optometrists can take an in-depth look inside your eye to investigate for any diabetic complications and diagnose more subtle forms of vision loss or other serious health conditions related to the eye.

“Substantial vision loss can be avoided if these conditions are detected and treated in a timely manner, so individuals with diabetes shouldn’t wait to make an appointment concerning their eyes,” Elmquist adds.

Elmquist Eye Group performs a thorough retinal exam with dilation of the pupils to check for any diabetic complications including diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with lasers, injections and sometimes surgery. However, blood sugar control and early detection and diagnosis are most important in preventing loss of vision. Choose to be proactive in maintaining the overall health of your eyes. Schedule a dilated eye exam today with Elmquist Eye Group’s team of highly skilled associates.

With more than 25 years of service to the Southwest Florida community, Elmquist Eye Group offers experienced doctors who are dedicated to patient care. Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, Dr. Kate Wagner, Dr. Sarah Eccles-Brown and Dr. Nina Burt of Elmquist Eye Group are available to answer your questions. With three U.S. military veterans leading the practice, rest assured knowing that Elmquist Eye Group’s team stands ready to serve you with knowledge and experience right here in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.Elmquist.com, call 239-936-2020 or stop by an Optical Boutique location in Fort Myers or Cape Coral.

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