People with diabetes need to have a full eye exam every year by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who knows about eye problems in people with diabetes. This comprehensive exam should include dilation of the pupils that will allow a wider, more complete view of the retina (the part of the eye that is most susceptible to diabetic eye problems).
Adults with Type 1 Diabetes need to have a dilated eye exam within five years of being diagnosed and every year after that. Adults with Type 2 Diabetes need to have a dilated exam soon after you have found out you have diabetes. About 1 in 5 people with Type 2 Diabetes experience some eye problems when they are diagnosed with diabetes. Exams may be needed more often than once a year if you have eye problems.
All of our knowledgeable eye care providers have years of experience providing diabetic eye care to our diabetic patients in each of our locations.