Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect almost all parts of the eye. This disease is associated with increased rates of glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness. The most serious complications arise because of diabetic damage to the tiny blood vessels of the retina in the back portion of the eye – a disease called diabetic retinopathy.
Fortunately, blindness often can be prevented with laser or other treatments. Intervention is most successful if performed before too much damage has occurred. It is therefore imperative that diabetics have comprehensive eye examinations on a regular basis.
Asymptomatic patients with established diabetes should be seen on an annual basis. If retinopathy is present, more frequent examinations may be required.
Dr. Kriegstein is fellowship trained in the management of diabetic retinal problems and is available to diagnose and treat any conditions that develop.