Your Body & Your Eyes: It’s All Connected
It’s no surprise when we say taking care of your body is important, but did you know that your overall health can also affect your eye health and vision?
Numerous health diseases and conditions can affect your eyes, and one of the most common issues Americans face is diabetes. Over time, diabetes can increase the risk of developing several eye diseases and conditions.
Because we value a holistic, wellness-focused approach to eye care, we offer eye exams specifically tailored to detecting, monitoring, and managing diabetes-related eye issues. All you have to do is book an appointment, and we’ll be happy to help you preserve your vision!
Why Are Diabetic Eye Exams Important?
While several health conditions can affect your eyes, diabetes is one of the most common concerns Americans face today. 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and another 88 million live with prediabetes—both of which can increase the risk of developing a range of eye diseases and conditions.
Diabetes can affect your eyes by changing how your body processes sugar in your bloodstream. When your blood sugar levels are too high, it can damage blood vessels in your retina and increase your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetes-specific diseases like diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (which you can read more about below).
If you have diabetes, we recommend having annual eye exams to detect potential problems before they permanently affect your eyes.
Common Diabetes-Related Eye Diseases & Conditions
Detecting and managing diabetic eye disease starts with having annual eye exams. Dr. Jill takes the time to learn everything there is to know about your health, family health, and eye health before observing your eyes with the help of modern techniques and technologies.
Dr. Jill uses noninvasive imaging tools like optical coherence tomography and fundus photography throughout the exam. These devices take incredibly detailed images of your retina, macula, optic disc, fovea, and blood vessels, areas that diabetes could affect over time.
From our exam findings, we’ll be happy to help manage your eye health with personalized strategies and treatments!
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that develops when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to leak fluids. These fluids can then slowly damage the retina.
You may not experience symptoms during the disease’s early stages, but it can cause permanent vision loss over time.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic retinopathy can also lead to a disease called diabetic macular edema. As fluids leak from your retina’s damaged blood vessels, they can build up in the center-most part of your retina called the macula.
Over time, the fluids can cause the macula to swell, leading to central vision problems that affect your ability to read, drive, or see fine details.
Diabetes can double your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that affects the optic nerve. It can occur when your eye’s natural drainage system develops blockages that raise your eye’s internal pressure (IOP).
Cataracts are an eye condition many of us may develop as we age, but diabetes can increase the risk of developing a cataract earlier in life.
Cataracts form when proteins in your eye’s lens break down over time—a process that could cause your lens to develop a hazy, milky color that obstructs your vision.
Learn more about cataracts and how we manage them on our Cataract Exams & Co-Management page.
Putting the “Sight” into “Insight”
There’s so much to know about your eye health. Have an eye exam today and discover how you can support your vision.
Visit Us in Oshkosh
We are kitty-corner to Opera House Square on the corner of High Avenue and Market Street. Walk to our location from anywhere downtown or find free 2-hour parking right out front. You can also park in The Grand Opera House parking lot adjacent to our building.
- 101 High Avenue
- Oshkosh, WI 54901
- Phone: 920-235-8500
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed