Eye Physicians of Washington

Ophthalmologist in Washington DC, Rockville MD; Eye doctor

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can have serious consequences in the eyes.  Having a dilated eye examination once every year is important to screen for any diabetic changes.  If you have diabetes, your eye physician will ask you about your blood sugar levels and your “hemoglobin A1C” number.  The “hemoglobin A1C” is a number that describes your average blood sugar level over a three month period.  Before your eye examination, ask the physician who monitors your diabetes for this number, so that you can better supervise your own health and be able to share your medical history with us.

anatomy retina

Diabetes is a disease that affects the small blood vessels of your body.  Blood vessels may become leaky and therefore causes areas of swelling or bleeding in the back part of your eye (the retina).  Your eye physician will closely examine your eyes for any diabetic changes.  Remember, the better your blood sugar numbers, the better you may maintain your eye health.

diabetic retinopathy

Read more about diabetic eye changes from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.