Diabetes, whether Type I or Type II, is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Often, patients do not experience symptoms in the beginning of the disease. Even though they may feel fine and it seems that their vision is OK, changes may be taking place behind the scenes. While some changes are reversible, once the condition has advanced to a certain point, it becomes much more difficult to manage. That is why, at a minimum, diabetics should have an annual dilated eye exam. Only through pupillary dilation is a doctor able to visualize appropriately the retina within the eye to ensure that no eye disease is present.
How We Can Help:
The Eye Institute provides a thorough dilated eye exam for all of our patients. We closely inspect the retina and have the technology that allows us to detect subtle changes in a patient’s eyes. Returning for your regular eye check-ups will ensure that ocular disease, due to diabetes, is not progressing undetected.
What to Expect:
We will complete a dilated examination of your eyes at least once yearly. Dilation uses special eye drops that increase the size of the pupil so that we have a better view of the retina within the eye. Dilation typically lasts about 4-6 hours after the drops are instilled. You may want to bring a driver with you as your eyes will be sensitive to light and perhaps a little blurry throughout this period. Your complete eye exam will assess the full health of the eye including the cornea, iris, optic nerve and retina. At the conclusion of the exam we will send a letter of the results to your primary care provider.
Clinic Contact Information:
For a diabetic eye evaluation, please contact 623-537-6000, option 2.
The Midwestern University Clinics offer complete diabetic disease management and healthcare for patients of all ages, on one convenient campus. We can also address the diabetes-related conditions of your pets.
For integrated primary and specialty services needed to manage your and your family’s health and add to your quality of life, we’ve got you covered.
- The Multispecialty Clinic offers the following services:
- Family Medicine for primary medical care, disease management, and clinical procedures, such as toenail removal
- Foot and Ankle Services for podiatric exams or surgery
- Medical Acupuncture
- Pharmacy consultations for medication and nutrition reviews
- Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Clinical Psychology
- The Eye Institute provides complete vision care for all ages, including annual exams, glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and ocular disease management.
- The Dental Institute provides complete dental care, including exams and cleaning, fillings, crowns, orthodontic, and prosthodontic services for all ages.
- The Companion Animal Clinic provides complete veterinary services for all of your pet’s healthcare needs.
To schedule an appointment, call: 623-537-6000 | 623-806-7387 (PETS)