The doctors with Nationwide Optometry are highly skilled and use the latest technology to conduct comprehensive eye exams for people with diabetes. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing certain eye diseases which is why it’s imperative for people with diabetes to get annual comprehensive eye exams. Our eye doctors diagnose and treat a variety of diabetic eye diseases, which are the leading cause of permanent blindness in adults.
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What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease?
In the early stages of diabetic eye disease, there are often no symptoms present and a patient can experience no pain or vision loss while the disease begins to damage the inner eye. Because there is no pain, vision loss, or noticeable signs of the disease early on, it makes it difficult to detect that there is a problem. As the diabetic eye disease progresses, a patient may experience blurry vision, dark spots and floaters, flashes of light, frequent headaches, light sensitivity, poor color or night vision, vision loss, and more. If you have diabetes, it’s important to schedule a diabetic eye exam as soon as possible before any new or unusual vision problems occur.
Which Diabetes-Related Conditions Be Detected During an Eye Exam?
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions in people with diabetes. If undetected and untreated diabetic eye conditions can cause irreversible damage to the eyes leading to vision impairment and blindness. Eye exams from the doctors with Nationwide Optometry are crucial for the early detection and prevention of these conditions.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in American adults. This condition causes progressive damage to the retina as blood vessels bulge and leak, cause the surrounding tissue to swell. In the late stage of Diabetic Retinopathy, called proliferative diabetic retinopathy, the retinal blood vessels begin to close causing new, abnormal vessels to grow. These new vessels are fragile and prone to leaking and bleeding. As the disease gets worse, a patient is at serious risk for permanent vision loss. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy by eye care specialists is important for the management and treatment of complications.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema is a serious complication that develops in patients with diabetic retinopathy. If left untreated diabetic retinopathy can cause blood vessels in the retina to build pressure in the eye and leak blood and other fluids. Swelling and thickening of the macula, the area in the center of the retina that processes precise, central vision, can occur as the fluid accumulates. Without specialized eye care intervention, diabetic macular edema will eventually result in blindness.
The Experienced Diabetic Eye Specialists with Nationwide Optometry
The doctors with Nationwide Optometry are specialists in treating diabetes-related eye conditions. Prevention of diabetes-related eye diseases includes blood sugar and blood pressure control, and weight management. Follow your doctor’s advice for diet and exercise that can help control the progression of the disease.
Our trusted team of highly trained eye care professionals with Nationwide Optometry focuses on maintaining the health of your eyes with comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams, preventative care, and treatment. Your eye health is important so request an eye exam today!
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eye exams for diabetic retinopathy once each year and a patient pays 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the eye care service and the applicable copayment. Depending on eligibility, Medicaid vision care covers eye exams and glaucoma testing. These preventative eye care services are fully covered or offered at low costs for recipients. TRICARE covers routine eye exams and only members of TRICARE Prime are covered for diabetic eye exams once a year.
Eye exams for diabetic patients can range from $50.00 to $200.00, with several factors determining the amount that a patient will be charged. The cost of the exam can vary between a first-time and established patient, and an eye exam that results in the diagnosis of diabetic eye disease may include additional charges. Vision insurance often covers all or part of the cost of a diabetic eye exam but you should contact your insurance provider for more information.
The pupils typically remain dilated for about two to three hours, extending beyond the time of a diabetic eye exam. Dilation impairs eyesight by preventing the eyes from adjusting to bright light and a patient should decide whether to drive based on the effects experienced from pupil dilation and the driving conditions present after an exam. Nationwide Vision optometrists recommend that patients arrange for someone to drive them home or bring a pair of sunglasses to their appointment.