Do you or a family member have diabetes? Patients with Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes mellitus are recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year as a part of their overall Diabetes management.
Here at Orchard Park Optometry, our eye doctors can perform a dilated retinal exam to check for signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, two common conditions that can result in loss of vision if not detected and treated early.
Patients with diabetes are also at an increased risk for other common eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. If you want to know more about these conditions, please see the Eye Health section of our website here.
In general, most patients with diabetes can have their annual dilated eye exam performed by an optometrist. If a problem with the retina occurs, such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema, then your optometrist can make a timely referral to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) for laser or injection therapy if needed.
First, expect that you will be having your eyes dilated with drops. Most people can still drive while wearing prescription eyeglasses, but you may want to bring a driver and a pair of sunglasses (if you don’t have sunglasses they will be provided). Second, bring your BC Services Card as a portion of your exam fees will be covered. Third, please bring a list of ALL your current medications and supplements that you take.