Diabetic Eye Exams in La Jolla

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Ongoing Care for Eyes That Need It

Diabetes is a life-changing disease. This systemic condition affects your body’s ability to use or produce insulin, a hormone essential for turning blood sugar (glucose) into energy for your cells. When glucose isn’t processed into fuel, it remains in the blood, which can cause health problems.

Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage the eyes. In fact, those with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing eye complications and vision loss than those without. The good news is that, with close monitoring of your diabetes and a close relationship with your healthcare team, many patients may only experience minor eye problems.

Add our team of eye care professionals at The Classical Eye to your diabetes care team. We use advanced technology that allows us to see the earliest signs of diabetic eye disease so we can design a personalized treatment plan. So, book your diabetic eye exam and let us begin protecting your eyes.

How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes

Patients with diabetes have unique eye-related risks. Not only are you twice as likely to develop glaucoma or cataracts, but you are at high-risk for developing diabetic-related eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when there’s damage to the blood vessels that supply the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye.

In early diabetic retinopathy, these damaged blood vessels bulge, weaken, break, and leak into the retina. If left untreated, blood vessels can close off, prompting new blood vessels to grow on the retina’s surface. These abnormal blood vessels can cause vision problems.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a complication of diabetic retinopathy. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision. Diabetes can lead to swelling in the macula and can lead to partial vision loss.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve.

There’s an interesting relationship between glaucoma and diabetes that’s been fascinating researchers for years: patients with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma, and patients with open-angle glaucoma are more likely to develop diabetes.

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This eye condition is common in older adults, but those with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts and at a younger age.

Detecting, Diagnosing, & Treating Diabetic Eye Disease

At The Classical Eye, we use advanced technology to proactively detect diabetic eye diseases in their earliest stages. If you have diabetes, we recommend seeing us for a diabetic eye exam at least once a year, possibly more if you have an eye condition that requires monitoring. 

Although current technology can take images of your eyes in unprecedented detail, we may dilate your pupils to get a wider look at your inner eye. We’ll always do our best to ensure your exam is thorough and comprehensive and that you’re informed about the results and what exactly they mean. 

The more often we see you the better we’ll notice the smallest changes in your vision. But if you have any of the following symptoms, please book an eye exam as soon as possible:

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We’re located on the corner of Renaissance Avenue and Towne Centre Drive in the Renaissance Towne Centre. You can easily access our parking lot from either street. We’re right next to the clock tower, so you can’t miss us!

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  • 8895 Towne Centre Drive
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  • San Diego, CA 92122

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