Diabetic Eye Exam

Bentz Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeons located in West Palm Beach, FL

An estimated 28% of all adults with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy. When you have diabetes, you also have a significantly higher risk of eye diseases like glaucoma and cataract. At Bentz Eye Center, Robert Bentz, DO, and Miriam Farag, OD, FAAO, offer comprehensive diabetic eye exams that can detect disease right at the start — when preventive treatment is most effective. If you have diabetes, call their West Palm Beach, Florida, office or book an appointment online for your diabetic eye exam.

Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A

Why do you need a routine diabetic eye exam?

Anyone who has diabetes can develop permanent eye damage without experiencing symptoms. Your doctor at Bentz Eye Center can identify changes inside your eye caused by diabetes long before you notice your first symptom, and then initiate treatment to prevent damage to your retina. But this level of care is only possible when you have routine eye exams.

What symptoms are caused by diabetic eye disease?

In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy doesn’t cause symptoms. As the condition progresses, you’ll begin to experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Seeing rings around lights
  • Flashing lights
  • Persistent or more frequent floaters
  • Blind spots in your field of vision
  • Poor night vision

Once you experience vision loss, it can’t be restored. That’s why early diagnosis and preventive treatment is so important.

How frequently do you need a diabetic eye exam?

The simplest way to determine how often you need an eye exam is to schedule an initial screening. After evaluating blood vessels and changes inside your eye, your doctor at Bentz Eye Center can determine when you should book your next exam.

As a general guideline, a diabetic comprehensive eye examination should be performed within five years of a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes should have their initial eye examination shortly after they’re diagnosed.

You should go in for a yearly diabetic eye exam even if there’s nothing wrong with your vision or you don’t have symptoms. If your exam reveals progressive diabetic retinopathy, you may need more frequent exams to monitor the changes in your blood vessels and retina.

What should you expect during a diabetic eye exam?

Diabetic eye exams check your vision and eye health. Along with visual acuity tests, your exam may include a retina exam and screening for cataracts and glaucoma.

Your eyes are dilated during your diabetic eye exam. Your doctor uses special drops to widen your pupils. This allows them to see the internal structures of your eye and your retina and identify any problems. 

Annual eye exams are important when you have diabetes. Your eye doctor tracks changes in eye health over the years, making it easier to identify issues in their early stages. If you notice any changes, like blurry, hazy, or spotty vision, don’t hesitate to contact the team.

Take care of your eyes with diabetic eye care at Bentz Eye Center. Call the office, or book an appointment online.