4 Significant Reasons Diabetics Need Annual Eye Exams


park-03-07-16-ambro-id-10044387One in 10 Americans has diabetes, a disease that can cause eventually cause blindness. Annual eye exams are crucial to prevent this type of vision loss, yet 60 percent of diabetics fail to get regular eye exams, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In Raleigh and Durham, diabetics trust Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology to monitor any changes in vision and to provide the Triangle’s best eye care. When diagnosed early, diabetes-caused vision problems are less likely to lead to blindness.

Park Ophthalmology suggests four significant reasons patients with diabetes need an eye exam every 12 months:

  • Glaucoma: Diabetics are 40 percent more likely to develop glaucoma than those individuals without the disease. The risk increases with age when someone has diabetes. Untreated glaucoma can cause significant vision loss and can go undiagnosed. If discovered early, the damage from glaucoma can be delayed and often minimized.
  • Cataracts: Diabetics are at a 60 percent greater risk for developing cataracts, which cloud the eyes’ lenses, obscuring vision. They also are more likely to get cataracts at a younger age as the disease progresses. An annual exam always includes screening for cataracts so treatment can begin as early as possible id diabetes is discovered.
  • Retinopathy: Diabetes can cause changes to the eye’s retina, eventually damaging it to the point where the patient loses vision. However, there now are several treatments for retinopathy that can prevent blindness, especially if it begins when vision is still normal. As with glaucoma, much damage can occur before the patient notices significant changes in vision.
  • Treatments: Park Ophthalmology provides a wide variety of medical and surgical treatments, including for glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic eye disease. There are often drug treatments available when eye diseases are diagnosed in early stages, making the annual exam crucial to a positive and healthy outcome.

Diabetes is a serious disease, but it doesn’t have to steal anyone’s vision. Call Park Ophthalmology today to schedule a complete and comprehensive vision exam with Beth R. Friedland M.D. It will be the best thing anyone can do you can do for your eyes.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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