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Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes mellitus is a common disease that over time can have many effects on the eyes. If poorly controlled, these effects can be quite serious. In fact, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in America today.

Dr. Nissman previously performed the diabetic eye exams and treatment at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey and is currently the director of the Pennsylvania Diabetic Eye Center. He is committed to working with you and your primary care doctors in controlling all aspects of this disease as it relates to the eyes and your vision.

The American Diabetic Association recommends that diabetics should have an eye exam once a year.

Specifically, they recommend:

If you are between 10 and 29 years old and have had diabetes for at least 5 years, you should have an annual dilated eye exam.
If you are 30 or older, you should have an annual dilated eye exam, no matter how short a time you have had diabetes. More frequent exams may be needed if you have eye disease.
You should have a dilated eye exam if you are diabetic and are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
You should schedule an eye exam if you have any changes in your vision, such as:

    your vision becomes blurry
    you have trouble reading signs or
       books
    you see double
    one or both of your eyes hurt
    your eyes get red and stay that way
    you feel pressure in your eye
    you see spots or floaters
    straight lines do not look straight
    you can't see things at the side as you used to



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