10 doctors weighed in:
Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Thank
Dr. Saima Farghani
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes may be
But the diagnosis still depends on the fasting level of blood glucose.
When the eyes start showing complications of diabetes that means that an uncontrolled diabetes is present for some years.

In brief: Yes may be
But the diagnosis still depends on the fasting level of blood glucose.
When the eyes start showing complications of diabetes that means that an uncontrolled diabetes is present for some years.
Dr. Saima Farghani
Dr. Saima Farghani
Thank
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
If you have had uncontrolled diabetes for a number of years, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy.
An eye doctor can see this retinopathy on examination.

In brief: Possibly
If you have had uncontrolled diabetes for a number of years, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy.
An eye doctor can see this retinopathy on examination.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
26 years in practice
490K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors