Diabetic Exams

Diabetic eye exams are important in maintaining healthy eyes and vision. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness that affects nearly 24,000 people every year. Being diabetic means your chances of developing retinopathy, an eye disease affecting blood vessels of the retina, simply because of the effects that blood sugar levels have on a diabetic’s body. According to the American Diabetes Association, a diabetic is four times more likely to develop retinopathy than someone who’s blood sugar levels are normal. If you are diabetic, it’s important you maintain a healthy blood sugar level with proper diet and exercise and undergo regular diabetic eye exams. An eye exam can even allow your eye care professional to detect possible signs of diabetes that you may not have been aware of otherwise.

There are certain factors that care increase your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy such as consistently high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and smoking. Women who are diabetic and become pregnancy also have a higher risk of developing retinopathy, which is why a diabetic eye exam is important during early pregnancy. By maintaining healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels, you can help prevent the onset of diabetic retinopathy. Also, having regular eye exams, not smoking, and living a healthy lifestyle can help as well. At Gallaher Eye Care, we can conduct a diabetic eye exam to ensure your retina is healthy.

During the eye exam, your eye care professional will perform various tests and screenings to see within your eye, looking for any changes in your retina and ensure it’s healthy. Tests for a diabetic eye exam include, visual acuity tests, which tests your eyes ability to focus; ophthalmoscopy tests that allow structures in the back of your eye to be seen, tonometry, which measures the pressure of your eye, and dilation of the pupils. These tests are also used to screen your eyes for a variety of other eye diseases that could affect your vision.

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy will vary for each patient depending on the stage of the disease. Surgery or laser treatments can be an effective method of treating retinopathy. At Gallaher Eye Care, we will recommend the best treatment plan for you, based on your needs as a patient. The important thing to remember is vision loss due to a disease of the eye cannot be restored, which is why it’s important to undergo routine eye exams.

Office Hours & Info

  • Monday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday
  • By Appointment*
  • Sunday
  • Closed
Office is closed for lunch from 12pm - 1pm daily.

*One Saturday per month.

615-444-9111
615-444-1040

  • 401 West Main Street, Ste 101
  • Lebanon, TN 37087

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