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How will my opthalmologist check for eye problems if I have diabetes?

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At your appointment, you'll read from an eye chart. The doctor will use a tool called an ophthalmoscope to look at your retina. Your doctor might use eye drops to dilate your pupils and view the retina with lenses and a special light called a slit lamp. A test called fluorescein angiography can show changes in your retinal blood vessels. For this test, the doctor injects a fluorescent yellow dye into one of your veins and then photographs your retina as the dye outlines the blood vessels. Your eye exam will likely also include a check for glaucoma and cataracts.

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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