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Posted on 10-16-2017

Can an Eye Doctor Detect Diabetes?

Many people think that an eye exam is mainly for detecting subtle changes in vision, but it can also be one of the top ways that diabetes is discovered. Every year approximately 24,000 people lose their vision because of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes, and it is suspected that a third of people who have the disease don't even know it -- approximately 8 million people. 

At Dr. Durante Cohen's Fashion Optical in Jensen Beach, Florida, our comprehensive exams have noticed early warning signs of diabetes and serious eye conditions that have helped guide patients in making important decisions about their eye and overall health.

a woman getting diabetic retinopathy

Diabetes and Your Vision

Getting an annual eye exam is the best way to cut your chances of losing your eyesight due to the effects of diabetes. It is suspected that 90% of blindness caused by diabetes can be prevented just by seeing the eye doctor. In addition, another 54 million are pre-diabetic, and many are already experiencing signs of diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

If blood vessels in the retina are damaged in the back of the eye this occurrence is known as diabetic retinopathy. This breaks down communication between the brain and the eye. If allowed to develop blood can leak into the eye and sometimes new blood vessels begin to grow on the retina where they don't belong. Fortunately, your Stuart, FL eye doctor can catch these signs early, and provide the knowledge you need to take care of your eyes and receive any needed medical help you need.

Schedule an Appointment for Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment with our Jensen Beach Optometrist

At Dr. Durante/ Cohen's Fashion Optical in the Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach, Florida we accept many types of insurance, and frequently run specials to help make your trip to the eye doctor more affordable. Contact us at 772-217-4575 to schedule an appointment.

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