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Diabetic Eye Exams

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EyeCare Associates: Diabetic Eye Exams

EyeCare Associates is staffed with highly skilled eye doctors who use the latest technology to conduct comprehensive eye exams for people with diabetes. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing certain eye diseases which is why it’s imperative for people with diabetes to get annual comprehensive eye exams. Our eye doctors diagnose and treat a variety of diabetic eye diseases, which are the leading cause of permanent blindness in adults.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease?

In the early stages of diabetic eye disease, there are often no symptoms present and a patient can experience no pain or vision loss while the disease begins to damage the inner eye. Because there is no pain, vision loss, or noticeable signs of the disease early on, it makes it difficult to detect that there is a problem. As the diabetic eye disease progresses, a patient may experience blurry vision, dark spots and floaters, flashes of light, frequent headaches, light sensitivity, poor color or night vision, vision loss, and more. If you have diabetes, it’s important to schedule a diabetic eye exam as soon as possible before any new or unusual vision problems occur.

How Often Should Diabetics Schedule Eye Exams?

Diabetes-related eye conditions often do not present symptoms until significant damage has been caused to a patient’s eyes. Experts recommend that people with Type 1 diabetes should have their first eye exam within five years of being diagnosed and those with Type 2 diabetes are encouraged to have an exam right away. Type 2 diabetics may have had diabetes for a while without knowing it, and their eyesight could already be affected. This is why these individuals should schedule an appointment immediately.

Diabetes & Eye Health

High blood pressure in diabetic patients can lead to blockages and damage to the small blood vessels in the retinas. Diabetic eye disease can cause swelling and detachment of the retina, resulting in partial vision loss and blindness. Eye damage caused by diabetes is often irreversible, but maintaining healthy blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol can help patients avoid eye problems. To keep your eyesight from getting worse, keep your blood sugar levels under control, eat healthily, and get regular exercise. The diabetic eye specialists at [siteName} assist patients with diabetes in preventing vision loss and managing diabetic eye conditions through regular eye exams.

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Schedule a Diabetic Eye Exam Appointment Today

EyeCare Associates, recommend anyone with diabetes schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye exams are a vital part of your overall health and many eye conditions have no symptoms before they become serious. By scheduling yearly preventative eye care from our optometrists, we can detect, help prevent, diagnose, and treat diabetic eye conditions that can result in vision loss. Schedule an appointment for a diabetic eye exam today!

Are Diabetic Eye Exams Part of Preventative Care?

A diabetic eye exam is considered a preventative health care service, helping patients reduce the risks for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Regular eye exams are extremely important for patients with diabetes and many patients with diabetic eye diseases do not exhibit noticeable symptoms or vision problems until the disease has progressed into later stages.

How Much Does a Diabetic Eye Exam Cost?

Eye exams for diabetic patients can range from $50.00 to $200.00, with several factors determining the amount that a patient will be charged. The cost of the exam can vary between a first-time and established patient, and an eye exam that results in the diagnosis of diabetic eye disease may include additional charges. Vision insurance often covers all or part of the cost of a diabetic eye exam but you should contact your insurance provider for more information.

Do Medicare, Medicaid & TRICARE Cover Diabetic Eye Exams?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers eye exams for diabetic retinopathy once each year and a patient pays 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the eye care service and the applicable copayment. Depending on eligibility, Medicaid vision care covers eye exams and glaucoma testing. These preventative eye care services are fully covered or offered at low costs for recipients. TRICARE covers routine eye exams and only members of TRICARE Prime are covered for diabetic eye exams once a year.