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How often should I get a dilated eye exam if I have diabetes?

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If you have diabetes, get a dilated eye exam as soon as you’re diagnosed. Your doctor will put drops in your eye to widen the pupil. That lets him get a better look at your retina and optic nerve.

Adults with type 2 diabetes should get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Your eye doctor will let you know if you need to come in more often.

Let him know if you notice sudden vision changes. Blurry vision can result from blood sugar that’s too high or too low.

SOURCES:

Purnima S. Patel, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Ophthalmology; assistant professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Are Cataracts?” "What Is Glaucoma?" “Get Screened at 40,” “Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Purnima S. Patel, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Ophthalmology; assistant professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Are Cataracts?” "What Is Glaucoma?" “Get Screened at 40,” “Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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