Diabetic Eye Exams in Plainville

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Transforming Lives With Unique Eye Care Practices

At Higgins Brothers Vision Care, it’s our mission to provide eye care that supports your visual clarity and quality of life.

We understand the deep, complex relationship your body and eyes share, and we take the greatest care to understand how your health can affect your eyes. One of the most common health concerns in America is diabetes, and it can have an enormous effect on your eye health and vision.

Our team uses a comprehensive blend of modern techniques and state-of-the-art technology to provide you with quality eye care. Enjoy personalized solutions from a team that truly values your eyes, and book your appointment with us today.

Why Is Your Eye Health So Important?

There is so much more to your eyes than just your vision. Your eyes are made up of a complex network of systems, all working in tandem to provide you with sight. These systems include your retina, macula, optic nerve, crystalline lens, aqueous humor, and many others.

However, overall health problems can increase the risk of eye diseases and conditions, which affect the essential systems in your eye. Diabetes is one such health problem, but we can help detect diabetes-related eye problems during a diabetic eye exam.

Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body processes the sugar in your blood. As your blood sugar levels increase, your eye may develop a higher risk of diseases that may lead to permanent vision loss.

We examine your eye health using a breadth of high-tech tools, like optical coherence tomography and fundus photography. By examining the structures inside your eye, we can develop unique, personalized strategies for managing your eye health and preserving your vision.

Diabetes increases the risk of several eye diseases and conditions, some of which could lead to permanent vision loss.

Our mission is to detect these issues before they affect your vision, so we recommend having annual eye exams if you have diabetes. Using our selection of state-of-the-art technology, we can detect the slightest eye disease signs in a way that’s both comfortable and comprehensive.

If you have any concerns regarding your eye health, please let our team know, and we can adapt your exam to better suit your needs.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases related to diabetes. It can develop when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels inside your retina. As a result, these vessels can leak fluids and possibly damage your eyesight over time.

Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the most common version of this disease, which develops slowly. However, advanced cases, called proliferative diabetic retinopathy, can cause your retina to develop abnormal blood vessels that also break, creating scar tissue increasing the risk of experiencing retinal detachment.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is an eye disease that can develop due to diabetic retinopathy. As it develops, it can affect a part of your eye called the macula, which provides you with the central vision you use to read or see fine details.

DME develops when leaking retinal fluids cause the macula to swell over time. DME may cause blurry vision, but it could lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common version of glaucoma, a group of diseases that affect your optic nerve.

Think of your optic nerve as the transit system between your eye and your brain—it carries the information your retina collects so it can be read by your brain, providing you with sight. Glaucoma can damage this system over time, leading to permanent vision loss.

Diabetes can double the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma, which we can detect by either measuring your intraocular pressure or observing your optic nerve during an eye exam.

Please visit our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page for more information on glaucoma.

Many people develop cataracts as they age, but diabetes could increase the risk of developing a cataract earlier in life.

Cataracts are an eye condition that affects your crystalline lens. As you age, your crystalline lens may lose some of the flexibility it needs to focus light on your retina. Over time, it can also develop a hazy, milky appearance that could obstruct your vision, which is known as a cataract.

Learn more about cataracts on our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.

Eye Care Is an Integral Piece of Your Overall Health Care

At Higgins Brothers Vision Care, you’ll find a team dedicated to you and your vision. Our knowledge of providing leading eye care solutions is only surpassed by our passion.

Start your eye care journey today and book your appointment.

Our Location

Conveniently located a short drive from the I-72 on East Main Street and Crown Street. You’ll recognize our inviting building immediately—it looks like a cozy home.

Our Address

  • 74 E Main St
  • Plainville, CT 06062

Contact Information

In case of an eye emergency call Dr. Higgins at (860)729-4083.

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