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Diabetic Eye Disease

Your Somerset NJ Optometrist Offers Advanced Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Eye Disease

One of the leading causes of partial or full blindness in the U.S. is diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy). Only people with diabetes can have diabetic retinopathy. If blood glucose levels are not normalized by medications, diet and lifestyle changes, blood vessels in the eyes may weaken, swell and leak blood and other fluids that can damage the retina. In response to dying blood vessels, the eye will create more vessels that are even less healthy and leakier. Damage to the retina interferes with the ability of the retina to send light images to the optic nerve, a major nerve responsible for transmitting visual signals to the brain. If you have diabetes, it is essential you receive regular eye exams from your optometrist in Somerset NJ. Diabetic eye disease remains asymptomatic until it has progressed beyond the early stages.

Cataracts, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy

You are four times more likely to develop cataracts and/or glaucoma if you have diabetes. Although cataracts and glaucoma mostly affect people over 50, those with type II diabetes may be diagnosed with one or both of these serious eye diseases in their 30s or 40s. While cataracts can be removed using minimally invasive laser procedures, glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve) may cause irreversible vision loss if not detected and treated as soon as possible.

Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy

Standard testing for diabetic eye disease involve a dilated eye exam that allows your Somerset NJ optometrist to evaluate blood vessels, spot signs of leakage and determine if there has been nerve tissue damage or changes to the lens of the eye. Remember, most people with diabetic retinopathy will not notice problems with their vision until leakage is extensive and the retina has suffered enough deterioration to cause vision issues.

Optos Retinal Imaging for Detecting Diabetic Eye Disease

At Franklin Family Eyecare, we utilize the most up-to-date optometric technology available to provide our clients with superior eye care services. We consider our Optos retinal imaging device the best diagnostic tool to detect diabetic retinopathy before it has a chance to damage your vision. This advanced method of retinal imaging allows your optometrist to detect many types of eye diseases that often go undetected when assessed with traditional eyecare equipment. Capturing retinal images at ultra wide-field, high resolutions means eye doctors can discover the earliest signs of blood vessel abnormalities so that treatment can begin before retinal damage occurs.

Visit our eye center to learn more about our cutting-edge devices and technologies or call (732) 412-7328 today to schedule an appointment with your Somerset NJ optometrist.

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