Vision Dynamics
417 Sycamore Valley Road Danville CA 94526 925.838.3021
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Diabetic Eye Exams in Danville

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Control Your Diabetes & Safeguard Your Vision & Eye Health

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body processes glucose (sugar). Some might think that diabetes will only change what they eat (which is true), but it also can have a considerable effect on many other aspects of your health, including your eye health.

The risk of developing vision-harming eye diseases is almost double when you have diabetes. That’s why the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that patients with diabetes have their eyes examined regularly. This allows your optometrist to accurately detect developing eye problems in time for you to take action and mitigate or even prevent vision or eye health problems.

If you have diabetes, please contact our incredible eye care team to help you manage your eye health and mitigate the effects the disease could have on your eyes.

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Diabetic Eye Diseases

When you have diabetes, there is a good chance you’ve already begun to show signs of diabetic retinopathy. This disease develops as a result of glucose building up in the retina’s blood vessels over time. This build-up blocks blood flow, making these vessels bulge. The body may attempt to compensate by creating new blood vessels. Unfortunately, these new vessels are thin and delicate, so they often break. This causes them to leak blood and other fluids into your retina, damaging your retina and compromising your vision.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) occurs when diabetic retinopathy isn’t treated correctly. When fluid from broken vessels leak, it can cause the macula of your eye to swell slowly over time, crushing your optic nerve and slowly damaging your central vision.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma, and the risk of developing this disease doubles when you have diabetes. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canal in your eye (called the trabecular meshwork) becomes blocked.

These blockages prevent the flow of intraocular fluids, raising your intraocular pressure (IOP). As your IOP levels rise, it can damage your optic disc, leading to vision loss.

Cataracts are a widespread eye condition that many of us will develop as we age. However, the chances of developing cataracts increase with diabetes. Cataracts are the gradual “clouding-over” of your eye’s lens. A cataract develops as your eye’s lens becomes more opaque, less flexible, and denser.

There are a few cataract workarounds that your optometrist can suggest, including prescribing contact lenses and glasses. However, the only cure for cataracts is cataract-removal surgery.

How Can My Optometrist Help?

Optometrists use a fundus camera to capture images of the interior of your eye. This image provides your optometrist with an incredible view of your macula, retina, optic disc, and your retina’s vascular system. The images captured by the camera can help your optometrist spot the early warning signs for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

The optomap is a photography system used to capture highly detailed images of your retina and its vascular system. The ultra-wide view photo it provides can give your optometrist the ability to detect signs of cancer, stroke, and even cardiovascular disease.

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Diabetes can change a lot of different aspects of your health, but having an eye exam can put you in a great position to help manage and even limit the effect it could have on your eyes. Are you due for an eye exam? Book your next eye exam today!

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Our practice is conveniently located at 417 Sycamore Valley Road, Danville, CA. We can be found on the corner of San Ramon Valley Blvd. and Sycamore Valley Road, next to Old Republic.

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417 Sycamore Valley Road
Danville, CA 94526

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Phone: 925.838.3021

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Monday
9 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday
10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9 AM – 6 PM
Friday
9 AM – 1 PM
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