Animation: Detecting diabetic retinopathy through a dilated eye exam


the comprehensive dilated eye exam opening the door to preventing blindness a doctor can detect signs of diabetic
retinopathy during a comprehensive dilated eye exam the patient receives special eye drops
to dilate the pupils the pupils open wide allowing the doctor
to see the back of the eye clearly when eyes are dilated the doctor can
clearly see the retina optic nerve and the macula early diabetic retinopathy starts with
small red dots called micro aneurysms and can progress
to leaking blood vessels causing thickening of the retina and
blurring of vision or new blood vessel growth that can bleed and cause blindness if you have diabetes you are at risk for
diabetic retinopathy dilation enables doctors to get a better
view of the back of the eye which allows them to determine whether
there are early symptoms of disease but it’s important to know that all
people older than 60 need a comprehensive dilated eye exam
each year and should inform their doctor right
away if they begin to have problems with their site people at higher risk may need to have a
dilated eye exam more often risk factors including race, age and family history are all important to
determine how often patients should receive a comprehensive dilated eye exam to learn more about comprehensive
dilated eye exams common vision problems and eye disease visit www. nei.nih.gov/healthyvision forward slash healthy eyes

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