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Diabetic Eye Exams

Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeon & Glaucoma Treatment in Athens, GA

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Diabetic Eye Exams


What are diabetes eye exams?

Diabetic eye exams are thorough eye evaluations that enable Dr. Gadlin to detect diabetic eye diseases before they become problems. He’ll also be able to find other eye diseases and vision problems during the exam. If you have diabetes, it’s essential to have your eyes checked regularly, as this common chronic disease is a risk factor for permanent eye damage.

Uncontrolled blood sugar can harm your eyes by damaging their blood vessels. The common diabetes-related eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema, and cataracts.

Athens Eye Consultants offers wide field imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT) retinal imaging, and other cutting-edge diagnostic technologies. Routine diabetic eye exams help Dr. Gadlin detect eye problems before you develop unpleasant symptoms.

What should I expect during diabetic eye exams?

During diabetic eye exams, Dr. Gadlin often completes the following:

Medical history review

Dr. Gadlin discusses your eye health history, medical history, and symptoms you might have. He asks about your lifestyle and the medications you’re taking.

Vision testing

During vision testing, Dr. Gadlin evaluates how clearly you can see. You might read letters and numbers from an eye chart or look through various lenses.

Dilated-eye exam

Dr. Gadlin uses eye drops to dilate (open wide) your pupils. He looks at your eyes using a light or magnifier, getting an in-depth view of the inside of your eyes.

Eye tests

Dr. Gadlin does eye pressure tests, color vision testing, visual field tests, eye muscle tests, and a slit lamp exam to look for signs of eye diseases. He uses diagnostic imaging to look at structures at the back or inside your eyes. Athens Eye Consultants offer the necessary specialized tests based on your risk factors.

Treatment

If you have a diabetic eye disease and need treatment, Dr. Gadlin reviews your choices with you. He might suggest contact lenses, eyeglasses, lifestyle changes, eye drops, medications, or minimally invasive eye surgery. He personalizes each treatment to your needs.

How often should I schedule diabetic eye exams?

Dr. Gadlin lets you know how often to schedule diabetic eye exams based on your age and risk factors. You may need an exam every 1-2 years more often if you’ve been diagnosed with an eye disease.

Call the office or book online today to schedule a diabetic eye exam at Athens Eye Consultants.