Diabetic Eye Exam
Any patient with a history of Diabetes should have a yearly dilated eye exam with an ophthalmologist. A dilated eye exam requires eye drops to dilate (or enlarge) the pupil so that the ophthalmologist can view the patient's retina through a set of special lenses. Even in patient's with seemingly good blood sugar control, the retina can still sustain damage and the only way to evaluate this is by having a comprehensive exam with an ophthalmologist. If significant evidence of diabetic retinopathy is seen on your eye exam, you may be referred to a retina specialist for more in depth evaluation.