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Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?

Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?

Occasionally: Diabetes can lead to leaking blood vessels in the body. The easiest place to spot the small vessels (which are first affected) is the retina in the back of the eye. Retinal blood vessel disease (retinopathy) usually does not show up until after one has been diabetic for several years, so looking for it is not a useful early detection method, but it certainly can be picked up by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes by looking?

Yes, : Because they can find retinopathy consistent with diabetes and then confirm by having your hemoglobin a1c checked. (technically, it's the blood test that confirms presence of diabetes. ...Read more

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Having eye symptoms of diabetes. Go to eye or endo doctor?

Having eye symptoms of diabetes. Go to eye or endo doctor?

Depends: If you are known to be diabetic then you should be seeing an ophthalmologist yearly (sooner for problems). If you are not currently known to be diabetic you might want to see a medical doctor to rule out diabetes as a cause. ...Read more

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Can an eye doctor detect an orbital tumor with a basic eye exam? Or is that the job of an ophthalmologist? Possible to notice tumor w/o certain tools?

Can an eye doctor detect an orbital tumor with a basic eye exam? Or is that the job of an ophthalmologist? Possible to notice tumor w/o certain tools?

Usually not: Refering to an eye doctor you mean optometrist. He checks eyes with regard to focusing and the nature of the lens to employ in glasses. The ophthalmologist examines the eye with an optholmoscope looking at the ontent of the globe and the retina and as to how the rectus muscles focus the eye. An orbital tumor can be seen or suspected based on appearance of retina and when needed MRI ordered ...Read more

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New eye doctor or no?

New eye doctor or no?

Sure: Do not understand question, but it can never hurt to get a second opinion. Especially if you are not responding to treatment, concerned of recommendations, or not sure! ...Read more

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How expensive is seeing an eye doctor?

How expensive is seeing an eye doctor?

Well worth it: If you see an ophthalmologist, you will get a thorough examination from a well trained expert. Most times this is covered by insurance. Depending upon what you see the doctor for the range of pricing is quite large but could vary from $100 - $300 and more if treatment is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan
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Ophthalmology (Definition)

Ophthalmology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the eyes, eye muscles, eyelids, laser surgery, lens implants, glasses, contact lenses, eye ...Read more