National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so I'd like to chat for a bit about Diabetes and the eye. Optometrists do exactly the same thing that ophthalmologists do when it comes to yearly diabetic eye exams, which entails dilating the eyes each year and taking retinal photos (when necessary) to monitor early signs of retinopathy. Optometrists also check each year for glaucoma and cataracts, which can occur earlier in those with Diabetes. If you have diabetic retinopathy and it's to a point where it may require surgical treatment, I will send you to an excellent retinal specialist here in town for further evaluation.