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Keeping up with all of the checkups needed to stay healthy when living with diabetes is time-consuming, but it's definitely worth it. It is this watchfulness that prevents things like diabetic amputations, kidney failure - and blindness. We urge you to stay up to date on your diabetic eye disease screenings so that you can see all that the world has to offer for as long as possible.
It is important to remember that a diabetic eye disease screening goes beyond a regular checkup. While our optometrist in Des Moines will be sure to check the basics too, there will be a focus on looking for problems that are more common to diabetics. These include issues like:
This is a blanket term that refers to any of several pathological changes to the retina that often result from the blood glucose changes caused by diabetes. Typically, they take the form of maladies involving the capillaries and other blood vessels in this area.
In some cases, the capillaries can leak blood or other fluid, and this damages the retinal tissue. Laser therapy may be used to stop the effect and strengthen the blood vessels. In the opposite condition, the blood has a hard time getting through and may clot in a pathological way. Then, medicines like blood thinners may be used to keep everything flowing.
While anyone can get glaucoma, the risk is higher if you have diabetes. Therefore, we include tests for it in every diabetic eye disease screening.
Typically, glaucoma involves the ongoing presence of too much pressure within the eyeball, but there are some other variants as well. We'll make sure to check for all forms of the disease.
No eye exam is complete without checks for the basics. You'll get tested for visual acuity, eye coordination, conditions like dry eye, and similar things. After all, it is important to stay up to the standards as well as your unique condition!
To get up to date on your checkups for diabetic eye disease, just make an appointment with us here at Huseman Eye Care. We serve the areas of Des Moines, IA and West Des Moines, IA. Remember that we also do regular checkups as well, so for the most convenience, go ahead and bring your family members on the same day. That way, everyone can get the exams, glasses, and other services they need at the same time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at either of our two convenient locations, call us at 515-224-9681.