Diabetic Eye Care Specialist

Lifetime Eyecare Optometry

Yvonne Weisz, OD

Optometrist located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Many Americans have diabetes and are unaware of it. Several eye diseases associated with diabetes can eventually lead to vision loss, and even blindness. Dr. Yvonne Weisz is a diabetic eye care specialist who provides testing and treatments for her patients in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Her primary goal is to help you to keep your eyes healthy. Some diabetic eye diseases occur and progress with no symptoms and are only detectable with a comprehensive eye exam. Call or book your exam online today to visit the Lifetime Eyecare Optometry team.

Diabetic Eye Care

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

Diabetic eye disease is an umbrella term for the various eye conditions associated with diabetes. If these eye conditions are left untreated, they can progress and cause substantial vision loss, and even blindness.

Some of the eye conditions associated with diabetes include:

  • Cataracts: While cataracts, or a clouding of the lenses, is typically related to aging, it’s also a complication of diabetes and can affect diabetics of all ages.
  • Glaucoma: Diabetes can cause damage to your optic nerve by increasing fluid pressure in your eye.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Retinopathy is a disease of the retina, or the nerve layer lining the back of your eye. Many people with diabetes can get retinopathy because high blood sugar levels can result in damage to the blood vessels in your retina.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

The most common form of diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. It’s one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.

The disease can affect people differently, with some people developing swollen retinal blood vessels that leak fluid, and others growing abnormal blood vessels on the surface of the retina.

The beginning of the disease doesn’t typically come with many symptoms, and some cases of diabetic retinopathy can progress without any symptoms at all. By the time vision loss or pain or discomfort occurs, the eye disease might already be in an advanced stage.

What Can I Do to Protect My Vision?

The primary way to protect your vision is to have an annual comprehensive eye exam. This essential preventive care method is an excellent defense against most eye health complications and diseases.

Dr. Weisz uses a variety of tests and screenings to examine your overall eye health and check for any signs of disease and abnormal changes. Since many types of eye disease can appear and progress with few to no symptoms, your annual eye exam is the only way to catch them early, before vision loss becomes potentially irreversible.

There are many treatments available for diabetic eye diseases that can slow or even stop the progression of the disease and prevent further damage. Cataracts can be surgically removed.

Specific lifestyle changes can also help to protect your vision, such as:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Controlling your blood sugar levels

Call or book online to let the Lifetime Eyecare Optometry team help keep your eyes healthy.