Diabetic Care

Diabetes And The Eye

Diabetes is a group of diseases which cause an increase in blood sugar levels.  Regardless of the type of diabetes, they all are associated with an increase in eye related problems such as cataracts (60% increased risk), glaucoma (40% increased risk), and diabetic retinopathy.

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a term used to describe the changes to the blood vessels in the back of the eye.  There are various levels of severity that range from mild blood vessel swelling and leakage to the growth of abnormal vessels on the surface of the retina.  Many of these changes occur without symptoms which is why regular eye examinations for those with diabetes is so important.

Diabetic Eye Examination At Gray Family Vision

Consists of a comprehensive examination with an emphasis on the eye related complications of diabetes.  It is important that all those having a diabetic eye examination have there eyes dilated- it’s the best way for us to detect retinal swelling or blood vessel changes associated with diabetes.

Did You Know

Everyone with diabetes should have their eyes examined at least once a year.

Almost half of those with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy.

Learn more about diabetes and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.