Diabetes can affect many different parts of the body, including the eyes. It can cause conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. If not detected early and treated, these issues can lead to permanent blindness. It is vital to have regular diabetic eye exams to avoid these eye disorders. At Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis, TN, we offer routine diabetic eye exams. Our ophthalmologists have years of experience in diagnosing and treating many different eye defects. We want to help you maintain your vision and eye health.
When you visit our facility, our ophthalmologist will conduct several different tests to detect any developing diabetic eye disease and prescribe the appropriate treatment. It is important to get these exams at least once a year to stay on top of your eye health.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Our eye surgeon performs this test to look for glaucoma. It uses light waves to take cross-section images of the retina to carefully examine changes in its distinctive layers. Detecting glaucoma early helps us develop suitable treatment. Once the disease is detected, our specialist may recommend special eye drops to be applied daily to manage the condition. However, if extensive damage has been caused, our eye surgeon may recommend eye surgery. This is typically a minimally invasive selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) procedure.
Eye Dilation Test
For this test, our ophthalmologist will put a few medical eye drops in your eyes to open your pupils. We will shine a light into your eyes to study your retina and macula to look for diabetic retinopathy and other problems affecting the back parts of the eye. If any condition is detected, our eye doctor may recommend laser surgery to remove or treat any abnormal blood vessels that formed due to diabetic retinopathy.
During a retinal test, our eye surgeon will put medical eye drops in your eyes to widen your pupil. We then use an ophthalmoscope to examine your retina for any signs of cataracts. If cataracts are detected and have affected your retina, our ophthalmologist will conduct surgery to remove the affected retina and replace it with a clear artificial lens to improve your vision.
Schedule an Appointment for a Diabetic Eye Exam
If you have diabetes, you are at risk for several eye diseases. It is important to get routine eye exams so our experts can detect and treat diseases early. At Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis, TN, we offer special exams that look for diabetic eye diseases. Our ophthalmologists can also provide you with any treatment you need to maintain your eye health and improve your vision. Our team can answer any questions you have about diabetic eye care. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.