We’ve Invested in Caring for Diabetic Eyes
Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss among adults. People with diabetes need special care and attention to lower the risk of diabetic eye diseases.
Regular eye exams could prevent most vision loss associated with diabetes. At The Bixby Eye Center, we’ve invested in the technology and equipment necessary to provide proper care.
If you have diabetes, trust The Bixby Eye Center to have your best interests—and vision—at heart. Book your appointment for a diabetic eye exam today.
What Is Diabetes?
Bodies that can’t produce or use insulin don’t process blood sugar. Over time, built-up blood sugar can cause a range of problems like heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye issues.
Diabetic Eye Diseases
People with diabetes should have an annual comprehensive eye exam to check for the beginnings of diabetic eye diseases:
High blood sugar levels can damage the small, delicate blood vessels that feed the retina leading to diabetic retinopathy. These blood vessels can burst or leak, causing fluid to accumulate in the macula, the part of your eye that lets you see fine details.
When the retinal tissues swell in response to the fluid, blurry vision can result. In its advanced form, diabetic retinopathy can cause new blood vessels to form in place of the damaged ones. These new vessels can leak, too, resulting in further fluid buildup and create scar tissue.
Diabetic Macular Edema
When the retina can no longer absorb all the fluid from leaking blood vessels, the macula thickens and swells. This condition is known as diabetic macular edema and is a serious threat to your vision.
The longer you have diabetic retinopathy, the higher the risk of it progressing into diabetic macular edema.
Signs & Symptoms
- Increased floaters
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Muted colors
- Dark areas in your field of vision
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy usually affect both eyes.
Eye Care Is a Part of Diabetes Management
Managing your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss from diabetic eye diseases. Regular, comprehensive eye exams are also an excellent prevention tool. At The Bixby Eye Center, we have the experience and skills to provide specialized care for diabetic eyes. Please book your appointment today.
- 6807 N. Knoxville Ave.
- Peoria, IL 61614
- Phone: 309-692-0000
- Fax: 309-692-8082
- Monday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Tuesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Wednesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM*
- Sunday: Closed
*Once per month, call for details
I look forward to coming to Bixby Eye Center. They are caring and thorough.
Dr. Jensen was very professional and thorough during my exam. He took time to explain what he was observing and addressed any concerns. The staff was very welcoming and easy to talk. Robin made the experience of selecting glasses enjoyable and helped me find a pair that were best for me. Great team there!
I have been consistently impressed by the team at Bixby. Having been a former patient of Dr. Lasken, I began seeing Dr. Jensen a few years ago. I have a complicated case of keratoconus, and Dr. Jensen and the team at Bixby have worked seamlessly with vision experts in Chicago, Iowa City, and Bloomington to ensure my needs are met. In a day and age where business often supersedes genuine performance, I am extremely grateful for this team’s willingness to continuously provide excellent/kind care & attention to my specific needs. Highly recommend if new to the area or seeking a change in optical providers.
Everyone is wonderful there!!!!
I felt heard by the technician and the physician, which goes a LONG WAY in healthcare!! Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns rather than making me feel rushed to get out.
I arrived early, yet, even so, I was not left waiting. Don is definitely the nicest and funniest ever. I actually had fun at an eye appointment.
I was two hours early, and was in the right place at the right time. I was able to be taken care of then. The thorough explanation of which add ons to the lenses was a huge help in my decisions, and it was just nice to feel important; not just an appointment. I asked questions I was scared to ask before, and my doctor was patient, thorough, and very helpful in my understanding of certain terms. It also gave me more confidence in my vision. I cam to find out after all these years since my injury as a kid, I still have 20/20 vision, and there isn’t a scar or the potential for symptoms of one in the future. If people I am talking to have insurance that Bixby takes, I’m making sure they at least check you guys out, because the service is just all around awesome! There is absolutely nothing to change. Everything was done professional. You know how the saying goes, :If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” From the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out, I went from being nervous and worried to smarter and confident about my vision health and concerns. Thank y’all so much; very happy I’m now a client!