Diabetic Eye Care Cape Coral

There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease. Seek expert care in Cape Coral at Elmquist Eye Group to protect your good vision.

Diabetic Eye Care Cape Coral

E Trevor Elmquist, DO, is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, specializing in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. He is proud to be among Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.’s list of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology, based on nominations from his peers.

Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Eccles-Brown is an experienced eye surgeon whose areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.

Kate Wagner, OD, partner, and Nina Burt, OD are optometrists who are board certified by the State of Florida and the National Board of Optometry and take pride in offering a unique blend of expert eye care and a passion for providing the best service to patients of all ages.

Could Your Eye Problems Be Related to Diabetes?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam at Elmquist Eye Group as soon as possible.

  • Blurry and/or distorted vision
  • Eye floaters and spots
  • Shadows in your field of view
  • Double vision
  • Eye pain or frequent headaches
  • Near vision problems unrelated to presbyopia
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Decreased night vision
  • Glare or halos from bright lights

These signs and symptoms may be related to diabetes or to diabetes-related conditions. An annual diabetic eye exam can spot problems early and stop or slow their progression before irreversible damage is done to your vision.

Diabetes and high blood sugar are responsible for several different eye conditions that can cause vision loss, even blindness. They include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy – The most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes, it damages the blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye.
  • Diabetic macular edema – Related to diabetic retinopathy, it refers to swelling in the part of the retina called the macula and can cause blurred vision.
  • Glaucoma – This disease damages the optic nerve which relays information from the eye to the brain. Adults with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma.
  • Cataract – This is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. Diabetics are two to five times more likely to develop cataracts and may develop them at an earlier age.

At our eye care centers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, we recommend a diabetic eye exam every year to ensure optimal eye health. Schedule a dilated eye exam today with Elmquist Eye Group by calling (239) 936-2020.