Focusing on Your Eye Health
If you have diabetes, you likely already know the importance of managing your blood sugar levels. This is essential to maintaining healthy eyes and clear vision.
Routine eye exams are your best defense against eye diseases and changes in your vision caused by diabetes. Our seasoned team at Precision Eye Care focuses on the health of your eyes, and we’re here to help you maintain happy, healthy vision.
What is a Diabetic Eye Exam?
Our diabetic eye exams take a closer look at the health inside of your eyes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that anyone with diabetes should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.
Some diabetic eye diseases don’t show any symptoms until irreparable damage has already been done. Please come see your optometrist if you experience:
- Blurred vision
- Dark spots or “holes”
- Flashes of light
- An increased amount of floaters
- Poor night vision
Diabetic Eye Complications
Diabetes complicates the way your insulin converts blood sugar into energy. So when your blood sugar levels rise and aren’t converted into energy, they can create havoc in your blood vessels—especially if those levels are mismanaged over time.
Your eyes have sensitive blood vessels inside of them. You can even see some of them in the white parts of your eye when you look closely in the mirror. When blood sugar levels rise, it can increase pressure inside the tiny, fragile vessels in your eyes.
The fragile blood vessels in your eyes can swell if your blood sugar levels remain high. Diabetic retinopathy results from blood vessels breaking and leaking fluid in front of your retina, the part of your eye responsible for converting light into the images we see.
Diabetic retinopathy can lead to macular edema, a condition in which your macula (the part of your eye responsible for clear central vision) begins to swell due to damage to your fragile blood vessels.
Almost everyone will develop cataracts later in life, but having diabetes puts you at a higher risk of developing them earlier. Cataracts can be corrected with increased prescription lenses at first but could eventually require surgery to repair your vision fully.
As a group of eye diseases, glaucoma is typically caused by increased pressure inside of your eye. At first, it begins by affecting your peripheral vision and may not have any noticeable symptoms until it slowly creeps inward.
Part of Your Healthcare Plan
If you have diabetes, make sure an annual comprehensive eye exam is part of your routine healthcare plan. Your eyes are a precious asset, and we want to help you protect them. We always accept new and returning patients, so be sure to request your diabetic eye exam today.
Our office is located in Vancouver, Washington off the SR-500 and I-205 (War Veterans Memorial Freeway) across from the Vancouver Mall. We have plenty of accessible parking available in the parking lot outside our building.
- 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop, Ste 110
- Vancouver, Washington 98662
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed