Diabetic Eye Disease
People with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
Early detection is important
There are often no visual symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, so the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes get a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes Screening at UMass Memorial Eye Center
The UMass Memorial Eye Center is staffed by board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists who are highly regarded experts in their fields. They not only care for patients, but also conduct research and teach and train tomorrow’s physicians as faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Patients benefit from their leading-edge knowledge about eye disease and today’s most advanced treatments.
Juan Ding, OD, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences: As an optometrist and faculty member, Dr. Ding screens for diabetic eye diseases at the Diabetes Center of Excellence at the Ambulatory Care Center, as well as provides optometric services at the Eye Center including refraction, and comprehensive eye exams to adults and pediatric patients.