Diabetic Eye Exam

Diabetic Eye Exam services offered in Reno, NV

Routine eye exams are vital if you have diabetes, and this common chronic disease increases your risk of eye damage and vision problems. At Optic Gallery South Meadows in Reno, NV, experienced optometrist Warren Whitley, OD, offer comprehensive diabetic eye exams to detect problems early and treat them before worrisome complications arise. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A

What is a diabetic eye exam?

Regular diabetic eye exams are important, as diabetes can damage the eyes’ blood vessels, increasing your risk of glaucoma and other diabetes-related complications. Diabetic eye exams at Optic Gallery South Meadows are in-depth eye assessments that screen for vision problems, diabetic retinopathy, and additional eye diseases.

Why are routine diabetic eye exams vital?

Diabetic eye exams are vital if you have diabetes because eye damage associated with uncontrolled diabetes can cause permanent vision loss when not treated properly. Diabetic eye exams allow your optometrist to detect vision problems and eye diseases in the beginning stages, even if you don’t have unusual symptoms yet. Early eye disease detection and treatment can save your vision.

How often should I schedule a diabetic eye exam?

Unless you’re told otherwise by your optometrist, it’s important to schedule a diabetic eye exam at least once annually. Call Optic Gallery South Meadows if you develop new symptoms, including:

  • Vision fluctuations

  • Vision loss

  • Blurred vision

  • Empty or dark areas in your vision

  • Spots or strings in your vision​​​​​​​

If it’s not clear if you should schedule a diabetic eye exam, call Optic Gallery South Meadows and speak with a friendly eye care specialist who happily assists you.

What happens during a diabetic eye exam?

While completing a diabetic eye exam at Optic Gallery South Meadows, your optometrist discusses your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. During vision testing, you read from an eye chart to evaluate vision at a distance and look through different lenses to assess your near vision.

During a dilated diabetic eye exam, your eye care specialist dilates your pupils with eye drops. They use a magnifier and light to closely evaluate your eyes to look for damage. Your provider may conduct additional eye health screenings, if necessary, such as imaging procedures.

What should I expect after diabetic eye exams?

Your optometrist discusses the results of your diabetic eye exam and lets you know if you’re a match for eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye drops, injections, laser treatment, medications, or surgery from a specialist. They tailor each treatment plan to ensure exceptional results.

It’s important to properly control your blood sugar by maintaining an ideal body weight, eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, and taking any diabetes medications as directed. Protect your eyes from the sun and see your primary care doctor regularly.

Your optometrist follows up with you whenever needed and lets you know when to schedule additional diabetic eye exams.

​​​​​​​Call the Optic Gallery South Meadows office to schedule your next diabetic eye exam today.

Services We Offer

We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to
get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need
routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.

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Eye Exams
Contacts & Glasses
Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Eye ​​​​Exam
Dry Eye Treatment