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
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- Sunday: Closed
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