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Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?

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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
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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
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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
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