Diabetic Eye Exams in Modesto

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Diabetes Affects Your Eyes & Vision

Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body makes or uses insulin, which is required for turning sugar in the blood into energy for your cells. If your body is unable to produce insulin or is unable to use it, this sugar remains in your bloodstream and causes damage to your entire system.

Those with diabetes are at an increased risk for vision loss and blindness. But with routine eye exams, you can monitor your ocular health and reduce your risk.

How Is Diabetes Connected to the Eyes?

Our eyes are one of our most sensitive organs. Every part of the eye is designed to help you see, from your tears to your optic nerve.

Your eye is supplied by a series of delicate blood vessels. High blood sugar levels, a common symptom of diabetes, can block these blood vessels in the eyes, preventing blood flow. This damage can lead to diabetic eye diseases, like glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that occurs when vessels behind the retina become damaged and blocked from high blood sugar levels. When they’re blocked, they can bulge and leak, permanently damaging your vision. This early stage is called nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy.

As this eye disease worsens, it can become proliferative diabetic retinopathy. At this stage, damaged blood vessels close off, prompting new, abnormal vessels to grow on the surface of the retina. These new blood vessels can lead to serious vision complications.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a serious complication of diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when diabetes causes swelling in the macula. Over time, DME can destroy sharp, central vision, causing partial vision loss.

Diabetes also increases your risk of developing cataracts and doubles your risk of developing glaucoma.

How We Diagnose Diabetic Eye Diseases

Not only can comprehensive eye exams help protect your eyes from diabetic eye diseases, but they can also detect diabetes itself. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes (any kind), annual eye exams are essential for protecting your vision and ocular health.

During a comprehensive diabetic eye exam at Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc., we use advanced diagnostics to closely monitor the areas of your eyes most affected by diabetes. We take special care during every exam to ensure we’re catching even the smallest signs of trouble.

The Cirrus optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive scan that captures cross-sectional images of the retina, giving us an unprecedented view. These images are effective at detecting signs of DME and diabetic retinopathy.

Fundus photography involves taking a series of high-definition, full-color photographs of the interior of your eye. These photographs can help your optometrist inspect the health of your macula, retina, retinal vascular system, and optic disc.

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With the help of a trained optometrist, you can manage and monitor your eyes for diabetic symptoms. Please book your appointment at Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc. today.

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Our Location

 

Find us at 4028 Dale Road, right next to Dale Family Dental and Opti Physical Therapy.

Where to Park?

We have a large parking lot with ample free parking.

Our Address

4028 Dale Road #102
Modesto, CA 95356 9561

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
Open one Saturday a month
Sunday
Closed
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