Diabetic Eye Disease

Early detection and treatment can save your vision.

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Diabetes and your Eyes

Diabetes affects all parts of the body, including the eyes. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to severe eye problems and even blindness. Eye damage from diabetes can appear months or years after blood sugar has been controlled. Visual loss can usually be prevented if diabetic eye problems are detected early and if strict control of diabetes is maintained.

If you have diabetes, the prevention of associated eye diseases should be a priority. Diabetes-related conditions are a leading cause of blindness in adults. The good news is this can often be prevented or managed with annual visits to the eye doctor.

Our dedicated team will help you maintain healthy vision. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, contact us today to schedule your annual diabetic wellness exam.

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk to develop certain eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts.  The good news is you can preserve your vision and reduce your chances of eye disease.

Here's 5 key steps to follow:

  • Get a Diabetic Wellness Eye Exam each year
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure  and cholesterol levels
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise

Your Diabetic Wellness Exam Includes:

  • A comprehensive dilated eye exam
  • Visual acuity testing
  • Testing to measure pressure inside the eye
  • Pupil dilation allowing your doctor to examine the retina and optic nerve
  • Baseline photos using ultra-wide field imaging
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Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease

  • Floaters
  • Blurry vision
  • Changing vision
  • Vision loss
  • Changes to your color vision
  • Spots or “holes” in your vision

Are you diabetic?

If so, you may already be well-versed in all the complications that come along with it. Did you know that your eyes could also be severely impacted? Even if your blood sugar is under control, you could still suffer from complications at a later stage. Contact us to ensure that your eyesight remains at its very best for years to come.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by high blood glucose levels that damage the blood vessels in the back of the eye, the retina, causing vision loss.

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic macular edema (DME) can be a result of diabetic retinopathy. Blood and fluid leak from damaged blood vessels causing swelling in the macula, resulting in vision loss.


Cataracts are more likely to appear, and at a younger age, in diabetic patients due to an excess of blood sugar.


Diabetic patients have an increased risk of developing glaucoma, a condition that causes pressure and damage to the optic nerve and can cause permanent vision loss.

Why choose Dupage Eye Associates?

When it comes to specialized care, you want to ensure that you're trusting only the best medical professionals. With over 30 years of professional experience, you'll always be able to count on Sunil Raichand, MD and his staff at Dupage Eye Associates for all of your diabetic eye care needs.

Questions about Diabetic Eye Care?

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