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Diabetic Eye Exams at Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare in Herndon

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Diabetic Eyes Need Special Care & Attention

Diabetes is a systemic condition that can affect your body, including your eyes, in a variety of ways. This means that diabetic eyes require special attention and care, so patients with diabetes should be visiting the optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year.

However, depending on your unique vision and eye health needs, your optometrist may recommend that you have your eyes examined more frequently.

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Diabetes & Your Eyes

Did you know that signs of early-stage diabetes and other serious conditions can be detected using a comprehensive eye exam? That is just one more reason to have your eyes examined regularly.

Diabetes can increase your chances of developing a variety of eye diseases, all of which could threaten your eye health and your vision.

Diabetes increases your chances of developing cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Cataracts are something many of us will develop as we age. Over time, the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, impairing vision. Patients with diabetes are not only almost twice as likely to develop cataracts as individuals without diabetes, but they are also more likely to develop them at a younger age.

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that occurs when diabetes damages the delicate blood vessels in the retina. Nearly one-third of individuals over the age of 40 who have diabetes already exhibit signs of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Glaucoma is a serious, sight-compromising condition that occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged, inhibiting your eye’s ability to transmit visual information to the brain and compromising your vision. Individuals with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to develop glaucoma than individuals without diabetes. The most common form of glaucoma (open-angle glaucoma) is particularly dangerous because most patients don’t exhibit symptoms until they have already experienced permanent vision loss.

Diabetic Eye Exams at Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare

Since diabetes can have serious consequences for your vision and eye health, it’s vital that patients with this systemic condition have their eyes examined regularly with extra attention and care. To ensure your eyes get the care they need, Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare offers eye exams specifically tailored to the needs of patients with diabetes.

Like all exams offered by our office, diabetic eye exams use cutting-edge techniques, including optical coherence tomography.

Individuals with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes should have their eyes examined by an optometrist at least once per year. This holds true even if you aren’t currently experiencing any health or vision problems, and your blood sugar levels are well controlled.

For more information about how diabetes can affect your eye health and vision, please speak to your optometrist during your next exam.

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Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare is conveniently located on the corner of Pine Street and Monroe Street, across the road from the Pine Street Plaza.


709 Pine Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 471-7810
Fax: 703.471.6549
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9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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