Visit Us in Fullerton for a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Diabetes is a game changer. It changes many things, including how often you should have your eyes examined. People living with diabetes are at greater risk for several eye diseases, including vision-threatening diseases like glaucoma and cataracts.
But perhaps the most famous of eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy, a disease that causes millions of people with diabetes to lose some – and occasionally, all – of their visual acuity.
Have Your Eyes Examined Annually
Your eye health is important to your overall quality of life. If you have diabetes, ensure you schedule annual eye exams and dilation (unless otherwise directed by an Optometrist). Detecting signs of changes in your eye health early improves your odds of successful and long-lasting management of diabetic disease by over 95%.
Special eye drops are used to dilate your eyes, widening the pupil and make it much easier for our Optometrists and imaging equipment to look at the structures inside the eye.
This dilation can last for several hours, during which time your vision will be blurry. You will not be able to drive immediately after the exam, so ensure you have safe transportation home from our office.
The most famous of eye diseases associated with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that requires close management for best long-term results.
Retinopathy has several stages, though it is essentially just broken down into two categories: nonproliferative retinopathy (and the four stages within) and proliferative retinopathy.
The advanced stage of the disease – proliferative diabetic retinopathy – involves the body growing abnormal blood vessels in the retina and vitreous humor. These blood vessels, by virtue of how fragile they are, leak blood and other fluids into the retina. Eventually, they die and leave scar tissue in their wake. This scar tissue will eventually contract, pulling at the retina and potentially causing a retinal detachment.
When fluids builds on the macula (the part of the retina that is responsible to central vision), it causes a condition called diabetic macular edema (DME). The continuous leaking of fluids as a result of retinopathy eventually leads to swelling of the retina; this swelling impairs your vision and is a hallmark of DME. Approximately half of all people with diabetic retinopathy will also develop DME.
Location & Hours
You can find us directly beside the Fullerton post office located in the Post Office Village strip-mall. There is plenty of on-site parking.
Allred Family Eye Care Optometry
1342 E Chapman Ave,
Fullerton, CA 92831