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Diabetic Eye Exams at Dunn Loring Eye Care in Vienna

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Protect Your Eyes from Diabetic Complications

Diabetes can cause vision loss and is associated with other eye diseases. The best way to protect your vision from these complications is with regular eye exams. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you should have an eye exam once per year. An annual eye exam gives us the opportunity to test your eyes for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, and glaucoma.

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Specialized Testing for Diabetic Eyes

We customize our exams for patients with diabetes, to evaluate your eyes for signs of diabetic complications. We use techniques like dilated eye exams, OptosⓇ, and visual field testing. These procedures allow us to examine your retinas and test your vision to detect any issues with your sight.

Optomap imaging gives us an image of your retina. A laser scans your eye in less than half a second so we can gain a deep understanding of your retinal health. Using the image, we can detect diseases that affect the retina like diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. These images are especially useful as support for regular eye exams, as we can compare past and current images to identify any changes.

Visual field testing measures whether your eyes have a full range of vision. This is especially useful for detecting peripheral vision loss, an indication of diseases like glaucoma. A visual field test can also be used to detect retinal abnormalities.

Disease Diagnosis for Diabetics

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can affect your vision, but most symptoms aren’t noticeable until the later stages. By the time you notice issues like blurry vision and floating spots, the damage may be permanent.

Over 2 in 5 Americans with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. The best way to catch the disease early is with regular eye exams. Undetected, the disease can progress to neovascular glaucoma and diabetic macular edema, which can both cause blindness.

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic macular edema can cause issues with your central vision like faded colors and blurry vision. It’s caused by diabetic complications that lead to a build-up of fluid in the macula, which is the central area of the retina.

If left untreated, diabetic macular edema can cause loss of central vision. Like most eye diseases, the best way to discover diabetic macular edema is with a regular eye exam. Early diagnosis allows us to catch the disease early and implement proper management.

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Our Dunn Loring office is conveniently located on Avenir Place, across the street from Harris Teeter, and next to the Dunn Loring metro station.


2672L Avenir Place
Vienna, VA 22180

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Phone: (703) 297-4137
Fax: 703.207.3429
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