You may have recently received a call informing you that it’s time for you to schedule your retinal eye exam. If you’ve never had a retinal exam before, you might want more information.
What is a Retinal Exam and Why is it Important?
A retinal eye exam is a screening of the light sensitive retina located at the back of the eye. Light is processed by the cells of the retina into signals the brain can interpret, which results in vision. Damage to the retina can result in impaired vision, or even loss of sight.
Most patients are referred for a retinal eye exam because they are diabetic, borderline diabetic, have elevated blood sugars, or have a family history of diabetes. Although we don’t often consider our eyes when thinking about diabetes, it can effect the eye in numerous ways. Adults with diabetes have twice the risk of developing glaucoma and are two to five times as likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, conditions that often begin without symptoms. Routine exams ensure continued good health, as doctors can catch development of any issues early and begin treatment right away.
More than Just A Diabetic Screening
During your retinal exam, you won’t just be screened for diabetic eye conditions. Think of this exam as a physical for your eyes. Your doctor will check for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Depending on your individual needs, your screening can be completed at the same time as your comprehensive vision exam for glasses.
Our office works with your medical group and your primary care doctor to ensure you receive the care that you need. In most cases, your eyes will be dilated for your retinal exam. Every patient is unique and has different eye care requirements. Our team of doctors and staff will be sure to keep you up to date when it’s time for you to schedule.