Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetic eye disease is a group of conditions, including diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy that can affect the eyes of those with diabetes. Early diagnosis of diabetic eye disease with prompt intervention can help prevent irreversible vision loss. In 2014, eye doctors found diabetes-related indications in 240,000 patients who were unaware they had diabetes. Unfortunately, according to the American Optometric Association’s 2016 American Eye-Q® survey, only 54% of people diagnosed with diabetes regularly visited their doctor of optometry. Protect your vision with regular dilated eye exams at Family Eye Care Center.
A comprehensive eye exam for our diabetic patients requires dilating or widening your pupils with eye drops and a bright light so Dr. Craig can get a better look at the inside surfaces of your eyes. For most patients, this may include assessment for indications of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. A fluorescent yellow dye may be used to outline the blood vessels in your retina so they can be photographed to check for damage to your retina, as well as an examination for fluid in your retina and other signs of damage.
Ultra Wide Fundus Imaging
Dr. Craig and the Family Eyecare Center features the area’s only Ultra Wide Fudus Imaging camera. Unlike conventional cameras for the eye, this camera is the most advanced as it provides an ultra wide simultaneous view in ultra high definition. An example is given below… This allows a more comprehensive view and can be used instead of dilation eye drops in some instances.
Diabetes can have conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration diagnosed and begin treatment right away. Early, effective disease management of diabetic eye disease and related conditions allows for the best possible outcome. Dr. Craig can provide specialized medical treatment for patients facing diabetic eye disease in Randolph County (Elkins, Beverly, Mill Creek), Barbour County (Belington, Philippi), Tucker County (Parsons, Davis, Thomas), Upshur County (Buckhannon), and Pocahontas County (Snowshoe, Marlinton, Durbin), and surrounding areas of West Virginia and beyond at our clinic in Elkins.
Those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes should schedule a comprehensive diabetic dilated eye exam upon diagnosis. All patients with diabetes should have their eyes checked at least once a year, with more frequent examinations as needed.
Protect your vision by managing your diabetes and keeping your eyes healthy. Take charge by scheduling your annual or semi-annual eye exam today to achieve the best possible vision for life! Dr. Craig is here to address any concerns you may have, answer your questions, and provide you with the skilled medical eye examination you need to manage effects of diabetes on your vision and eye health. To schedule, please call Family Eye Care Center at: (304) 636-9111.