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If you live in Silicon Beach, Playa Vista, or the surrounding area, you may be interested in scheduling a diabetic eye exam at our Westchester Eye Care Center. Diabetes is a devastating disease that gets more common every year. Without proper treatment, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be fatal, but "milder" consequences include permanent vision loss, limb loss, nerve damage, and organ damage. Diabetes is even the leading cause of new-onset blindness, and blurry vision is one of the symptoms of diabetes. But here at Westchester Eye Care Center, we have one of the most important weapons in the fight to prevent diabetes: the diabetic eye exam. Learn why the eyes play such an important role in your preventative health care, and how our optometrists help prevent blindness with diabetic eye exams in Silicon Beach.
The eye exam is one of the earliest ways to detect diabetes, because diabetic retinopathy is one of the earliest signs of this disease. Diabetic retinopathy may cause bleeding or abnormal activity in the blood vessels within your retina, which is the light-sensitive part of your eye. Instead of waiting until diabetes actually affects your vision and your ability to interpret light, it's important to schedule regular diabetic eye exams so that prompt treatment is possible. Our diabetic eye exams in Silicon Beach make it possible for patients to fight diabetes before any other symptoms show up.
Don't settle for basic vision checks at an eyeglass store. You need an experienced eye doctor who knows how to spot the subtle early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy. At Westchester Eye Care Center, your optometrist will have the equipment and experience necessary to perform the following components of a dilated diabetic eye exam:
Visual Acuity Test – Simple eye chart test to detect any vision problems
Tonometry Test – This measures the pressure in each eye
Retina Exam – After dilation, your optometrist will assess your optic nerve and retina for signs of blood vessel leaks, fatty deposits, lens changes, swelling, and tissue damage
Tomography Test – Optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows us to capture detailed pictures of your eye tissue
Our Silicon Beach optometrist is currently accepting new patients, and we will work to accommodate your schedule and health concerns. Nobody plans to get diabetes, but many people and age groups have heightened risk factors, and regular checks give you more control over the outcome of any disease that develops. If you want to protect your vision and have enough time to treat diabetes in the future, make sure you schedule your next exam as soon as possible.