Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness, and West Virginia ranks high in the nation for the prevalence of Type II diabetes. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

 

All people with diabetes should have a dilated eye examination yearly.

 

All major medical insurances we know of will cover a yearly, dilated eye examination for people with diabetes. You will need to pay any co-pays, co-insurances, deductibles, and refractions at the time of your visit. No major medical insurance will cover the cost of your glasses or contact lenses because you have diabetes.

 

People with diabetes are more susceptible to a list of other eye complications including glaucoma, fluctuating vision, and diplopia (double vision).

 

When our doctors perform a diabetic eye examination they will examine the external structures of the eyes, test the fluid pressures within the eyes for the presence of glaucoma, and dilate the eyes to examine the retina for the presence of background or proliferative diabetic retinopathy. At the end of your examination you will be pre-scheduled for another dilated examination for the next year, or sooner if any evidence of complications of diabetes is found. Our doctors will also compose a letter with the results of your examination and forward it to your physician and / or endocrinologist.

 

Helpful Link:
American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org/