In the United States, diabetes is at an all-time high, with more than 30 million Americans who have the disease. Since diabetes can affect your eye health, board-certified ophthalmologist, David Alevi, MD, recommends scheduling a diabetic eye exam at his practice, South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, in Concourse Village in the Bronx. If you’re one of the millions of people with diabetes, it’s important to be proactive about your eye health. Call the New York City office to schedule a diabetic eye exam or book online today.
Since having diabetes puts you at risk for numerous eye conditions and diseases, a diabetic eye exam allows Dr. Alevi to test your vision as well as closely examine the inner structures of your eyes.
During a diabetic eye exam, he dilates your pupils so he can see into your eye. He closely examines your retina, cornea, lens, and optic nerve for any signs of disease.
During a diabetic eye exam, Dr. Alevi also examines the blood vessels in the front and middle part of your eyes. He uses a slit lamp to see the clear surface of your eye, or the cornea.
He may also take photos of the interior of your eye during a diabetic eye exam so he can further examine the back part of your eye — the retina.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease in men and women with diabetes. It’s a leading cause of blindness in America. Diabetes may increase your risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, as well.
If you’re older and you have diabetes, Dr. Alevi also checks for signs of macular degeneration, an age-related condition that causes vision loss in the center of your retina, or the macula.
Diabetes can affect the nerves throughout your body, including your eyes. If the condition leads to damage of the blood vessels in your eyes, diabetic retinopathy develops and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or you’ve been managing the condition for some time, you need to schedule a diabetic eye exam and continue having exams at regular intervals.
Based on your overall health and eye health, Dr. Alevi recommends whether you need a comprehensive eye exam annually or more frequently.
According to the American Diabetes Association, if you have Type 1 diabetes, you should have a dilated diabetic eye exam within five years of your diagnosis and then yearly.
f you have Type 2 diabetes, you should have an eye exam as soon as you receive a diagnosis and then every year or every 2-3 years if your eye health is good.
Don’t wait to schedule a diabetic eye exam. The sooner Dr. Alevi detects any potential problems, the sooner he can recommend prompt care to help prevent future complications and vision loss. The office sends a note to your primary care doctor the same day as your diabetic eye exam.
Call South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, today or book an appointment online.