Diabetes can have a profound impact on vision and eye health, putting patients at a higher risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and more. Unless your eye health is carefully monitored, your diabetes could even lead to blindness. It’s absolutely crucial that anyone living with diabetes has a diabetic eye exam at least annually.

Diabetic Eye Care

How Often do People with Diabetes Need Eye Exams?

Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to schedule eye exams at least once a year. Your optometrist is the best authority on your eye health and will be able to give you the most accurate timeline for your next visit. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter.

Are Eye Exams Different for Diabetics?

In terms of testing your vision, an eye exam for a patient with diabetes is generally the same as any other eye examination, although your prescription may fluctuate more frequently. The major difference is in the ocular health evaluation. Diabetes can cause structural damage to the retina and the macula, which can result in vision loss.

Eye exams for diabetic patients typically involve thorough retinal imaging, allowing us to search for any indication of damage or early signs of disease, and monitor your eyes for future reference.

We usually dilate your pupils during a diabetic eye exam, so it’s best to arrange a ride home from your appointment.

Understanding Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease can refer to any eye issue that develops as a result of diabetes. Two conditions are exclusive to diabetes: diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Long-term high blood sugar levels can eventually damage the small blood vessels in the retina. Over time, the body may try to replace the damaged blood vessels by growing new ones, which may leak and distort vision. This can cause retinal scarring and vision loss.

Read more about diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic retinopathy can, in some cases, progress to diabetic macular edema. As the damaged blood vessels continue to leak, the retinal tissue can swell and obscure the macula; the small part of the retina responsible for central vision. The swelling results in central vision loss.

Read more about diabetic macular edema.

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Bartlett Eye Clinic

Bartlett Eye Clinic is located on the corner of 141 Street Northeast and Juanita Drive Northeast in Kirkland.

425-821-9576

14050 Juanita Dr NE, Ste A 
Kirkland, WA, 98034

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Magnolia Eye Care

Magnolia Eye Care is located on the corner of West McGraw Street and 32nd Avenue West in Seattle.

206-600-5850

3202 W McGraw St
Seattle, WA, 98199

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Visions of WA - Silver Lake

Formerly known as Everett Family Vision, the center is located in the Silver Lake Medical Center, just off the Bothell Everett Highway.

206-350-5544

12728 19th Ave SE, Ste 102
Everett, WA, 98208

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Mountlake Terrace Eye Care

Mountlake Terrace is located on 56th Avenue West, across from Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace.

425-778-8833

23009 56th Ave W, Ste A 
Mountlake Terrace, WA, 98043

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  • BARLETT EYE CLINIC

    (425) 821-9576

    14050 Juanita Dr NE, Ste A

    Kirkland, WA   98034

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  • VISIONS OF WASHINGTON – SILVER LAKE

    (206) 350-5544

    12728 19th Ave SE Ste 102

    Everett, WA  98208

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  • MAGNOLIA EYE CARE

    (206) 600-5850

    3202 W McGraw St

    Seattle, WA  98199

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    (425) 778-8833

    23009 56th Ave W, Ste A

    Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

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