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Diabetic Retinal Examinations

Diabetic retinal screenings are of utmost importance in safeguarding the vision of individuals diagnosed with diabetes. It plays a vital role in the detection and prevention of diabetic retinopathy and other eye complications associated with diabetes. 

Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, leading to impaired vision and potential blindness. 

Annual retinal screenings enable your eyecare provider to identify any early signs of retinal changes. By detecting and managing diabetic retinopathy at an early stage, prompt intervention and appropriate treatment can be administered. This proactive approach reduces the risk of vision loss and aids in maintaining optimal eye health for individuals with diabetes. 

Diabetic retinal screenings can be done in one of two ways: 

1) Dilated Fundus Examination: drops are instilled in the eyes that dilate your pupil, allowing your eye doctor to evaluate the health of your retina. As a reminder, your vision will be blurred when reading at near for approximately 4-6 hours, you will experience some light sensitivity, and it is recommended to bring a driver with you. 

2) Retinal Imaging: our widefield camera can take multiple images of your retina that can be saved and viewed at any time. *this method does not require dilation eye drops. 

A retinal image of a diabetic emergency in the eyes.  © Pacific Optometry Group. 


A retinal image of a diabetes-associated retinal detachment. © Pacific Optometry Group. 


A retinal image of bleeding associated with diabetes mellitus type 2. © Pacific Optometry Group. 

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