Diabetic Eye Disease (cont.)
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When to seek medical care for diabetic eye disease
Even if the person is not experiencing any symptoms due to diabetes, the person should have an annual eye examination by an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye disease and eye surgery). If the ophthalmologist notices any significant signs of diabetic eye disease or if the person requires treatment, exams may need to be scheduled more frequently than annually.
If the person notes any significant changes in vision other than a mild temporary blurring, they should contact an ophthalmologist immediately.
Questions to ask the doctor about diabetes and eye problems
Which specialties of doctors treat diabetic eye disease?
Ophthalmology is the specialty of medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. The ophthalmologist is the appropriate person to both diagnose and treat diabetic eye disease. Some ophthalmologists limit their practice to diseases of the retina. A general ophthalmologist can decide whether or not the specific patient requires and evaluation by a subspecialist in retinal disease. People with diabetes also will be cared for by their family doctor or internal medicine specialist and other subspecialists as needed.
How is diabetic eye disease diagnosed?
During the eye examination, the ophthalmologist performs the following tests:
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