Diabetic Eye Exams in Scottsdale

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Defending Your Eyes Against Diabetes

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And, the same rings true for those with diabetes.

Although many eye diseases can’t be cured, we can take steps to protect your eyes and prevent problems like vision loss.

One of the best ways we can defend your eyes is through regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams, which will monitor your eye health for signs and symptoms of issues that could impede your sight in the future. Let us help you monitor the health of your vision today.

The Importance of an Eye Exam

Eye exams are an integral part of your health check for everyone. If you have diabetes, they become even more critical for maintaining your eye health.

Regular eye exams can help prevent 95% of vision loss caused by diabetes. Eye Lab is proud to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to help preserve your vision. Our fundus photography provides us with a clear picture of the health inside your eye.

Testing like this is essential to diagnosing diabetic eye diseases early, as they often don’t have any obvious signs or symptoms until vision loss is already underway.

Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 18–64. So let us help preserve your vision with regular eye exams.

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes

Diabetes affects how your body converts glucose into insulin, which prevents your body from using sugars as energy. If you have diabetes, this chronic condition can affect the blood vessels in your body and in your eyes.

Your eyes contain many small, fragile blood vessels that can take a toll if healthy blood sugar levels aren’t maintained. When this occurs, you are at an increased risk for eye diseases that could lead to vision loss if left untreated. 

Diabetic eye disease often doesn’t show any signs or symptoms until it progresses.

Later stages of diabetic eye disease may present symptoms like:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots or holes in your vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Increased floaters
  • Decreased night vision

Diabetic Retinopathy

The blood vessels in your eyes are small and fragile and can become damaged when healthy blood sugar levels aren’t maintained. Over time, diabetes can impact the blood vessels in the retina, the part of your eye responsible for translating light into images. Diabetic retinopathy results from the small blood vessels leaking blood and other fluids, causing the retina to swell and impede vision.

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to macular edema—a buildup of fluids in the retina that causes swelling to the macula (the tiny middle part of the retina responsible for clear central vision). When fluid builds up from abnormal and leaking blood vessels, our center-most vision is affected.

If you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk of developing glaucoma, a group of diseases that damages your optic nerve. Most types of glaucoma are caused by increased pressure inside your eye. This added pressure stresses the optic nerve and can cause vision loss that often goes unnoticed until it affects the clarity of your sight.

Your eye has a crystalline lens near the outermost layer of your eye. Light comes in through this lens and focuses on the back of the eyes. A cataract forms when the lens becomes hardened, causing cloudy and hazy vision. Many people will develop cataracts as they age, but diabetes causes an increased risk of developing cataracts earlier in life. Cataracts can be corrected with increased prescriptions but may eventually require cataract surgery to replace the lens.

Ready, Set, See

Our friendly team is excited to see your children for their regularly scheduled eye exams. Let’s get them started and ensure they have the visual tools they need to succeed. Book an appointment today!

Our Location

We’re conveniently located off East Raintree Drive and North Frank Lloyd Boulevard in Scottsdale Horizon Center. Find us on the right side of the Safeway plaza.

We have plenty of parking in the lot near our office.

We also perform eye exams in Chinese. (我們也有說中文的服務)

Our Address

  • 14700 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Suite 155
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Our Business Hours

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: CLOSED

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