Diabetic Eye Exams in Smithfield, RI

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Specialized Care for Diabetic Patients

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects how your entire body functions. It directly increases the risk of eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. Managing diabetes requires specialized care, and Smithfield Eye & Optical has extensive experience managing patients with diabetes. Our specialized eye exams focus on specific parts of the eye that are typically more affected by diabetes.

If you suffer from diabetes, you need to have annual eye exams. The longer you live with diabetes, the bigger your risk of developing vision problems. Don’t let this dangerous disease take your vision away. Schedule a visit today.

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Main Eye Concerns for People with Diabetes

Diabetic complications are the main cause of blindness in American adults. The high blood pressure associated with diabetes has many ill effects on the human body. In your visual system, this higher than average pressure can cause conditions like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

There are usually no early signs or symptoms of these conditions. As a result, having routine diabetic eye exams is the best way to make sure your vision’s always healthy.

Some of the most serious and common diabetic eye diseases involve the retina. As the glucose in your system builds up, it can start to damage the blood vessels in your retina. As these blood vessels get damaged, the blood flow to your retina can become blocked, resulting in diabetic retinopathy.

There are usually few symptoms of early diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms usually only show when your blood vessels are already damaged. If you’re living with diabetes and are experiencing any of these symptoms, come see us immediately:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark or empty spots in your vision
  • Floaters
  • Sudden changes in your vision
  • Partial or total vision loss

Diabetes is a serious condition and can lead to vision loss or total blindness very rapidly.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can take your vision away very rapidly and may not show any signs at all until it’s too late. Diabetic retinopathy increases the chance of glaucoma developing.

As diabetic retinopathy damages the blood vessels in your retina, new vessels appear to supply the retina with blood. These vessels are weaker and prone to leaking. Unwanted leaks can block your eye’s drainage system, increasing your intraocular pressure. This condition is called neurovascular glaucoma.

Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma. If you’re feeling sudden symptoms like severe eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, or nausea, contact us immediately. You could be suffering from closed-angle glaucoma. This is a medical emergency, which can lead to total blindness in a matter of hours.

How We Diagnose Diabetes

We take diabetes and its potential effects on your eyes very seriously at Smithfield Eye & Optical. Our practice offers a variety of exams that can diagnose diabetic eye problems before they take away any of your precious eyesight.

Fundus Photography

Fundus photography is a quick and non-invasive procedure. We’ll take pictures of the interior of your eye through your pupil. Using a microscope attached to a camera, we’ll look where diabetes can affect your eyes the most.

Commonly referred to as OCT, this exam provides us with detailed 3D color pictures of your eyes. With OCT, we can look for signs of many eye conditions related to diabetes, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. OCT is also a non-invasive procedure.

Don’t Let Diabetes Take Your Sight Away

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in adults. But up to 90% of blindness in these cases is preventable. Diabetic eye conditions don’t have to lead to vision loss.

At Smithfield Eye & Optical we provide specialized eye care for patients with diabetes. But you have to do your part and schedule annual exams. Come see us; we’ll help protect your vision from diabetes.

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Our new practice is located in picturesque Greenville, just steps away from the Rally Point Racquet Club.

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600 Putnam Pike, Suite 3
Greenville, RI 02828

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