If you’re thinking of delaying that eye exam, think again! One cannot stress enough the importance of regular eye exams for those with diabetes. The risks of getting eye-related complications increases drastically for those with diabetes but the good thing is that if caught on time, most of these conditions can be reversed without any damage to the eye. Even in advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy, treatment through laser can undo most of the damage, to give you relatively trouble-free vision. If left untreated however, diabetic retinopathy can lead to a complete loss of vision.
If you are a diabetic there are three different ways your healthcare provider will test your eyes. Given below is all you need to know about these exams.
Dilated Eye Exams:
With a higher risk of eye complications, the doctor might do a dilated retinal exam. First of all, your vision will be checked using the regular Snellen Chart, with alphabets and numbers; the kind opticians use. The doctor will then give you eye drops that will enable him to see the back of your eye. The drops may sting a little and will give a metallic taste in your mouth, but that is only temporary. Now, he’ll be able to examine blood vessels in the front, middle and back of the eye, as well as the optic nerve. There are a number of things that could point towards eye problems and your doctor will rule out each one of them.