If you are recently diagnosed with diabetes, you may be surprised why health care professionals seem to make too much fuss about eye care. Why bother when your vision is perfectly stable? The answer is that diabetes brings a lot of potentially devastating problems including cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. While these conditions are treatable, they could lead to blindness if not caught early enough. Dr. Phillip Roholt highly recommends regular eye exams for diabetic patients in his Roholt Vision Clinic, equipped with advanced technologies for diabetic eye exams in Ohio.
Eye Care Tips for Diabetics
Apart from regular visits to eye care specialists like Dr. Roholt, consider the following steps to avoid eye problems:
1. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check by quitting smoking and consuming more of plant-based food sources rather than meat and processed foods. It has been shown that diabetics with relatively high blood pressure levels are more likely to suffer from retinopathy.
2. Strive to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It has been found out in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial that individuals under diabetes treatment are four times more likely to develop retinopathy than those who keep their blood sugar levels within normal limits.
3. See an eye care professional if you notice and experience the following:
you suddenly have trouble reading
you suddenly see spots and floaters
prolonged redness of the eyes
your (peripheral) side vision suddenly changes
you see straight lines as curved lines instead
4. Also, you might want to visit your eye doctor once a year for a dilated eye exam to detect retinopathy. This is highly recommended for diabetes sufferers who are 30 years and older. Women who are planning on becoming pregnant should also visit eye care specialists.
Diabetic Eye Exam in Ohio
Roholt Vision Institute has special instrumentation for the detection and documentation of diabetes related eye disease. All patients with diabetes should have their eyes checked at least once a year, more often if there are diabetic related changes in the eyes. Following each visit, Roholt Vision Institute will communicate with your primary care physician as well as your endocrinologist to help ensure that all health care providers are well informed of the status of diabetes mellitus related conditions.
Contact any of our three offices today for a personal consultation — call us at 330-305-2200 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!