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Diabetes Eye Care

           Photo of the Eye Care Screening team

People with diabetes are at risk for retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between ages 20 and 74. Besides high blood sugar, the other things that raise the risk for blindness from diabetes include smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetic kidney disease.

Convenient Diabetes Eye Care Screenings Help Identify Issues Early

Annual eye exams are encouraged to screen for diabetic eye disease.  If found, treatment can begin and offers the best chance to preserve sight.  We offer two convenient locations:  Hahnemann campus in Worcester at 281 Lincoln Street or our new Northborough clinic at 333 Southwest Cutoff.  We offer extended hours that will meet the needs of most patients.  Our clinics are open from 7 am  to 6 pm, with lunch time spots also available, Monday to Friday.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Retinopathy is the most common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It’s caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.   

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Seeing spots or floaters
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night

Early Detection is Important

Early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Often times, in the early stages of retinopathy, there are no visual symptoms. Therefore, the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes gets a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss.