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Your Diabetic Eye Exam in Norwalk

Man Middle Aged Glasses in NorwalkUnlike a routine eye exam that assesses your visual system and eye health, anyone who was diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes requires an additional test for their annual eye exam. Traditionally, everyone had their pupils dilated in order to get a clear picture of the eye, however, with modern advances in technology, many practices are adding a digital retinal exam as well.

The beginning of the Dilated Eye Exam

When your doctors Arkin or Folman starts the dilated eye exam, he will put dilating drops in each eye, which will enlarge your pupils to give the doctor a better view of certain parts of the back of the eye. The drops can take at most 20 to 30 minutes to take effect, but the effects last well beyond the exam up to several hours. This allows more light into your eye and, as a result, normal light levels will seem more intense and disorientating. You should have somebody come with you for an eye exam that involves dilation.

Why does our Norwalk optometrist dilate your eyes?

Enlarging the pupils will allow for more light to enter the eye. When more light can enter the eye, this allows Dr.  Arkin or Dr. Folman to have a greater range of visibility within the eye. This gives the eye doctor the ability to use a special magnifying lens to examine the tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.

For anyone with diabetes, these exams are essential as diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness. By examining a greater range of the eye’s interior, a diabetic eye exam can detect signs of swelling or leaking of blood vessels in the retina.

After the Dilated Eye Exam

While people might relax at the optometrist’s office until the effects start to fade, it’s recommended that you invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses. In some cases, your optometrist may supply you with a free pair of temporary sunglasses to protect your eyes. While tinted lenses can reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes, during the time your eyesight is extra sensitive, the added protection from polarization is important.

The concept is very similar in children. Children naturally have larger pupils, so their eyes are extra sensitive to light, and therefore should wear sunglasses with UV protection.

A Healthy Diet is Key in Prevention

For further information about how diabetes plays a role in your vision, call our office to schedule your annual diabetic eye exam.

The findings from your diabetic eye exam can give your doctor important information about your overall health, particularly diabetes and high blood pressure. Plus, Dr. Arkin or Dr. Folman can help you manage your diabetes and prevent the progression of the condition. For example, most diabetics know that nutrition is the key factor in maintaining a normal, healthy lifestyle. Your eye doctor is a great resource to review your diet and can advise you on what foods are recommended and what to avoid.