If you have diabetes, you are probably aware that the disease can cause serious eye problems. For this reason, it is recommended that patients with diabetes have periodic diabetic eye exams. If you need to have a diabetic eye exam, or are due for your yearly eye exam, visit us at Rockport Eye Associates. Our patients are able to see our top-notch optometrist, Dr. Nichole Q. Soto, for a comprehensive Portland TX eye exam.
When a patient has diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels can affect the blood vessels which surround and nourish the retina. The elevated sugar levels can cause serious vision problems which are grouped together in a class of vision problems call diabetic retinopathy. When a patient has diabetic retinopathy they blood vessels which surround the retina have been adversely affected by elevated sugar levels. The best way to protect yourself from diabetic retinopathy is to make sure that your sugar levels are kept under control. There are treatments available which may help to treat changes to blood vessels, to make sure that the diabetic retinopathy does not permanently harm your site. However, the best protection against diabetic retinopathy is preventive care. It is very important that you have Portland TX eye exam so that our optometrist can determine whether or not you should be seen by an ophthalmologist who specializes in diabetic retinopathy. If it is seen that you are developing certain types of changes to your blood vessels around your retina, there is a certain laser vision therapy which you should discuss with an ophthalmologist. Signs that you should immediately see our eye doctor can include blurred vision or the sudden occurrence of small specks or large floaters in your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam at our vision practice. Sometimes steroids or other new medications can also be effective in treating diabetic retinopathy.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor for a Portland TX eye exam, contact us today.