Diabetes Eye Exams in Las Vegas, NV


Diabetes Can Harm Your Eyes

Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, damage to the small blood vessels in your retina, or the back of your eye. Diabetes also increases your risk of glaucoma and other eye problems. You may not notice any problems to your eyes but your doctor can detect problems early with regular eye exams. Early detection can help deter the affects caused by diabetes which can lead to blindness and other complications to your vision.

Even if your regular doctor, who treats your diabetes checks your eyes, you need an eye exam every 1-2 years by an eye doctor who understands and takes care of people with diabetes. If complications arise, you may be asked to see your doctor more often, early detection and regular maintenance is key to your healthcare.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor trained to diagnose and treat eye problems. An optometrist is a health care provider trained to diagnose and treat eye problems. Many optometrists can do screening exams for damage from diabetes, but once you are diagnosed with eye disease caused by diabetes, you will see an ophthalmologist.

Detailed Retinal Exams

The use of a chart called the “Snellen Chart”, which features random letters of different sizes, is used by your doctor to check your vision. You will then be given eye drops that will help your doctor better see the back of your eye. To see the back of your eye, your doctor uses a magnifying glass using a bright light, your doctor can then see if there are any areas such as; blood vessels in the front of middle parts of the eye, the back of the eye and the optic nerve area, that may be damaged due to diabetes.

Another device used is called a slit lamp which allows the doctor to clear the surface of your eye (cornea). The doctor may also take photos of the back of your eye to get a more detailed exam.

After your eye exam, your vision will be blurred for about 6 hours, this is specifically if you had had drops in your eyes during your exam. It will be harder for you to focus on things that are near to you, we highly encourage that you have someone with you at your appointment to assist with your transportation from your exam. Sunlight can damage your eye, during this time, please wear dark sun glasses or shade your eyes until the effects of the drops wear off.
Snellen Chart - Optical Services in Las Vegas, NV
As a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with over 25 years of serving the vision needs of Las Vegas, Dr. Tyree Carr has performed thousands of Detailed Retinal Exams using the most advanced medically approved methods. Dr. Tyree Carr will be happy to answer any questions and discuss the cataract treatments that can greatly improve your vision.

Call us today to schedule your Detailed Retinal Exam at 702-240-2820.

Source: American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes — 2013