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Diabetic Exam Specialists

Fuerst Eye Center

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in West Covina, CA & Glendale / La Canada, CA

Diabetes increases your risk of developing eye conditions like glaucoma or cataracts, so it’s imperative to schedule routine checkups with your eye doctor. Additionally, diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the back part of your eye (the retina) leading to bleeding, swelling, scarring, and possible vision loss. If you have diabetes, Nicole Fuerst, MD and David Fuerst, MD provide advanced diagnostic testing during your eye exam to catch changes early. If you’re looking for an ophthalmologist who specializes in diabetic eye care in the Glendale or West Covina, California areas, contact Fuerst Eye Center by phone, or request an appointment online today.

Diabetic Exam Q & A

How does diabetes affect my eyes?

The high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels behind the eyes. Once the blood vessels are damaged, they may swell or leak.

New, weakened blood vessels may also begin to form and bleed into the middle of the eye. This can lead to scarring and loss of vision.

For these reasons, people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for four particular eye conditions: 

  • Diabetic retinopathy: damage to the retina caused by blood vessel problems
  • Diabetic macular edema: swelling in the retina
  • Cataracts: clouding of the eye’s lenses
  • Glaucoma: excess pressure behind the eye that damages the optic nerve

If you have diabetes, it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly for exams so they can detect and treat eye problems early before they impair or destroy your vision.

What does a diabetic eye exam entail?

Regular diabetic eye exams are important due to the high risk of eye problems, many of which cause no symptoms at first. The ophthalmologists at Fuerst Eye Center provide advanced diagnostic testing using specialty equipment to catch changes early.

In addition to checking your vision, your doctor also performs a dilated retinal exam, using special eye drops to dilate your pupils so they can see the structures of your eye better. Your physician uses a lighted magnifying glass to examine your optic nerve, blood vessels, and other parts of your retina while your eyes are dilated. They also use a slit lamp to examine your cornea. With this equipment, they can detect pressure, changes, and damage to the eyes related to diabetes.

How can I prevent diabetes-related eye diseases? 

Routine diabetic eye exams are an important part of your prevention plan. Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams to help you stay on top of your ocular health.

Another important way to prevent diabetes-related eye problems is to control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. These strategies are paramount for managing your eyesight and overall health.

Dr. David Fuerst and Dr. Nicole Fuerst can also coordinate your care among your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and other diabetes specialists. They all work together to optimize your health and prevent future eye changes. 

If you’re looking for a diabetic eye care specialist in Glendale or West Covina, California, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.