Diabetes is a condition that causes glucose (sugar) to build up in your blood. Over time, diabetes can weaken the small blood vessels that nourish the retina in the back of the eye, which is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can seriously affect vision and if
left untreated, cause blindness.
Diabetic eye disease can develop even when your eyesight is good. In order to minimize the potential damage, early diagnosis and treatment are essential. This is one reason we encourage annual eye exams for those with underlying conditions.
The iWellness Scan assess the inner workings of your eyes with a powerful clinical tool. With a quick and easy scan, the optometrist Dr. Makoni can view your retina, optical nerve, and cornea to check for signs of diabetes or other problems that may be otherwise impossible to detect.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, we can manage your treatment, including a referral to a retinal specialist for laser and other surgical treatments. If you experience vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy, special vision aids can be prescribed to help maximize your remaining vision.