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Diabetic Eye Exams in Torrance

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Don’t Let Diabetes Impact Your Eyesight

Almost 11% of Americans have diabetes. This disease impacts overall health, but many don’t always consider how it affects ocular health. In fact, diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.

The risk of developing serious vision problems is higher if you have diabetes. So, we recommend that our patients with diabetes have annual comprehensive eye exams. A proactive approach to your eye health will help preserve your vision for years to come.

If you have diabetes, make an appointment so we can monitor your vision and look for changes that could indicate a problem.

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects your body’s blood sugar. Insulin—secreted by your pancreas—enters the bloodstream in order to lower your blood sugar.

Most of what you eat turns into sugar, and when your body can’t make enough insulin or properly use it, sugars build up in your blood. Elevated levels of sugar in your blood can cause problems with a variety of organs and bodily functions.

Diabetes requires a whole-body approach to wellness, so it’s important to include your eye health too. Patients with diabetes should have an annual eye exam.

How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes?

Your optometrist has an important role to play in your overall health. A doctor can manage your diabetes, but you’ll need an eye care professional to ensure your vision remains clear.

Diabetes can impact the eyes in many ways:

The light-sensitive cells in the retina are responsible for processing focused light into a picture that is interpreted by the brain. Diabetic retinopathy impacts this vital layer of the eye and is a common vision problem for adults with diabetes.

Consistently high levels of blood sugar—and the often corresponding high blood pressure—can damage the tiny blood vessels in your retina. Generally, this impacts both eyes. If blood vessels in the retina bulge or burst, they can leak blood and fluid into the eye, causing vision problems.

Those with diabetic retinopathy are often also at risk for diabetic macular edema. The 2 conditions often occur alongside one another. Diabetic macular edema occurs when the blood vessels in the retina leak into the macula.

The macula is the central part of the retina responsible for sharp, detailed vision. If it’s damaged, you may lose your ability to read, drive, or even recognize facial features.

The natural lenses in your eyes are responsible for clear vision. While it’s normal that they become cloudy as we age, diabetes can hasten the process. Those with diabetes have a higher chance of developing cataracts at a much younger age.

Elevated levels of glucose in your blood might be responsible for clouding in the internal lenses. If cataracts become severe, surgery may be required.

When pressure inside the eye builds, either suddenly or over time, glaucoma can develop. This disease damages your optic nerve which can lead to vision loss.

If you have diabetes, your chances of developing glaucoma double.

How Can My Optometrist Help?

An eye care professional will help ensure your sight stays as clear as it possibly can.

Our office has invested in the Optos retinal imaging device, which takes a detailed, ultra-widefield image of your retina. This tool helps us detect any vision problems early, including diabetic retinopathy.

Undergoing annual eye exams if you have diabetes allows us to monitor any vision changes that might occur over time.

Where to Find Us

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Find us on the corner of Arlington Avenue and West Carson Street. We’re in the building with the “Optometry” sign out front.

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1640 Arlington Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501


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