Comprehensive Diabetic Eye Exams in San Ramon

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Comprehensive Diabetic
Eye Exams in San Ramon

Eye exams can provide you with so much more than just a lens prescription. We take a detailed look at your eye health and search for signs that could indicate underlying health problems. Diabetes is one such disease that we can detect during a comprehensive eye exam.

Diabetes can lead to a range of health issues, including some that can affect your eyes. But our eye care team can detect these issues early and provide you with strategies for managing them effectively.

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar, or glucose, in your bloodstream.

Your body manages glucose levels by producing insulin in your pancreas, a chemical that acts as a “key” to let sugar into your blood cells. But, if this production is limited, raised blood sugar levels can lead to health problems with your organs, nerves, blood vessels, and more.

Diabetes is a common health concern in the United States, and it affects over 34 million people. Over 88 million people live with prediabetes, an early indicator of diabetes that shows rising levels of blood sugar.

Common Eye Diseases
Associated With Diabetes

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases connected to diabetes, affecting over 4 million people in the United States.

This disease occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in your retina. In early development, the vessels can bulge or break, leaking fluid into the retina. Advanced symptoms can cause your retina to create new but thinner and weaker vessels to compensate for blood flow loss. These new vessels can increase the chance of developing scar tissue on the retina, leading to retinal detachment and vision loss.

Diabetic macular edema is fluid buildup under the macula caused by diabetic retinopathy. As fluids leak from damaged retinal blood vessels, they can accumulate under your macula, causing it to swell, deteriorating your central vision.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and the chances of developing it nearly double when you have diabetes.

Open-angle glaucoma develops when your eye is either producing too much fluid (aqueous humor) or isn’t draining it adequately enough to maintain stable intraocular pressure (IOP) levels. As pressure increases inside your eye, it can damage your optic nerve, leading to vision loss.

Cataracts are a common eye condition you can develop as you age, but diabetes can make you 5 times more at risk. Cataracts cause the clear, crystalline lens of your eye to become rigid and opaque, preventing light from reaching your retina and reducing your vision quality.

Detecting the Effects of Diabetes

Managing how diabetes affects your eyes starts with a comprehensive eye exam. During your exam, we use the latest technology available to observe your eye’s health, looking for signs of diabetes in your retina, macula, blood vessels, and optic nerve.

Some of the technology we use include:

Optomap Retinal Imaging

Optos optomap retinal imaging allows us to take high-quality images of specific structures of your eyes, including the retina, optic nerve, macula, and blood vessels. This device can help us detect various eye diseases and conditions, including ones caused by diabetes.

Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is our advanced OCT device capable of capturing cross-sectional images of your retina, helping our team detect signs of eye disease quickly and accurately. OCT scans are similar to ultrasounds but use light instead of sound to generate images.

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We are located right at the junction of Norris Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, in PS Business Park.

Where to Park?

Access the extensive parking lot with accessible parking off San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

Our Address

2551 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
Suite #101

San Ramon, CA 94583

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Hours Of Operation

Monday
9 AM6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM6 PM
Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
10 AM5 PM
Weekends
Closed

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