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Diabetic Eye Exam Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause severe vision problems and even blindness in some cases. If you have diabetes, or you’re at risk of developing it, you can turn to board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, with two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, to maintain optimal eye health. They offer comprehensive diabetic eye exams and treatment as needed to prevent permanent vision loss. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Diabetic Eye Exam Q & A

What is a diabetic eye exam?

A diabetic eye exam is a comprehensive eye examination that helps your ophthalmologist rule out — or detect, and treat as needed — eye problems related to diabetes. Diabetes is a common chronic disease that can damage blood vessels in the retina of your eyes. 

If it’s left untreated, diabetes can cause vision problems and even blindness in some instances.

Is a diabetic eye exam right for me?

Your Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center provider lets you know if you’re a good candidate for a diabetic eye exam. If you have diabetes, it’s generally a good idea to get a diabetic eye exam every 1-2 years with a board-certified ophthalmologist.

If you have health complications associated with diabetes, or experience eye or vision problems, you may need to see your eye doctor more often to prevent complications.

What should I expect during a diabetic eye exam?

A diabetic eye exam often consists of the following components, in addition to checking your vision using an eye chart:

Dilated retinal exam

Your eye doctor gives you eye drops to dilate the pupils in your eyes, which allows them a better view of the back part of your eyes to look for signs of damage. They also look at the optic nerve area and blood vessels in the front and middle part of your eyes.

Your ophthalmologist checks for signs of abnormal blood vessels, new blood vessel growth, scar tissue, and swelling, as well as fatty deposits or blood in your retina, retinal detachment, and optic nerve abnormalities. They can look for evidence of cataracts and measure eye pressure to test for glaucoma.

Fluorescein angiography

With your eyes dilated, your Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center eye doctor can take pictures of your eyes using fluorescein angiography. 

The provider injects a special dye in your arm vein, takes additional pictures after the dye circulates through blood vessels in your eye, and checks for signs of blood vessel damage.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT)

OCT is an imaging test that shows cross-sectional images of your retina and its thickness. The test helps your ophthalmologist determine if you have fluid leaking into retinal tissue. 

What happens after my eye exam?

Your eye doctor discusses the results of your diabetic exam with you. They let you know if you require any treatment. 

You might experience blurry vision for about six hours after a dilated diabetic eye exam, so plan to have someone drive you home. Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses when you’re outdoors. 

Don’t let diabetic eye problems go undetected and untreated, leaving you at risk of eye damage and permanent vision loss. Schedule a diabetic eye exam with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center by phone or online today.