Diabetes is a complex condition that has the potential to affect your entire body, including your eyes. If you have diabetes, there are special considerations to be aware of when it comes to maintaining your visual health.
At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, our experienced ophthalmologists are available to help answer any questions that you may have about diabetes and your vision.
Protect Your Vision with Routine Eye Examinations
Everyone should receive a regular, comprehensive eye examination from an experienced ophthalmologist. However, diabetics unaware of their condition may particularly benefit from an eye examination because it may lead to an early diagnosis. Diabetes may first present itself in the form of:
- Eye infections
- Recurrent redness
- Mild haziness of vision
- Double vision
- Frequent change of glasses for reading
- Difficulty with near or distance focusing
- Difficulty seeing while driving at night
- Additional complications related to the eyes
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye examination to determine the cause(s). Early detection and management of diabetes can go a long way in preserving the health of your eyes throughout your life.
If you have diabetes, regular eye examinations are a great way to protect your vision. Our ophthalmologists will monitor the health of your eyes and look for early signs of visual complications such as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where high blood sugar levels cause retinal damage, which can lead to visual impairment and even blindness. Since this condition may not present itself with any noticeable symptoms in the initial stages, early detection through a comprehensive examination is crucial. We recommend that individuals with diabetes schedule an eye appointment at least once a year.
It is also highly recommended that you get your eyes tested when your treatment has shifted from oral drugs to insulin because the diabetic changes in the retina may have worsened. Cataract changes are also associated with diabetic changes and should be monitored.
Diabetes and LASIK Surgery
Many people who have diabetes wonder if they can improve their vision with LASIK surgery. Your diabetes should be stable and controlled before you consider LASIK. If not controlled, you can possibly experience a poor visual outcome after LASIK surgery. Blood sugars can rise and fall dramatically, which is believed to be directly associated with changes in vision. Having LASIK will not compensate for blood sugar fluctuation and therefore should not be performed in patients with an untreated diabetic condition.
Your visual complication must be one that can be improved through LASIK surgery. LASIK can improve the following refractive vision errors:
Our ophthalmologists thoroughly evaluate any patient who is considering LASIK surgery to ensure that they will benefit from the procedure. A detailed examination with Dr. Omar F. Almallah including a retinal exam, close examination with a slit lamp, tear film and epithelial tests can lower the high complication rate in individuals with diabetes who undergo LASIK. Our LASIK surgeons will discuss your candidacy for LASIK as well as any safety concerns. Many individuals with diabetes have improved their vision through LASIK surgery.
Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Examination Today
If you have diabetes, please schedule an eye examination with Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates by calling 732-349-5622. We welcome patients from across New Jersey at our Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat offices.