Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people may face as a complication of diabetes. 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.  It's a silent disease and can only be detected and diagnosed by regular eye exams. 

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. This means you 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. She also facilitates the Ophthalmology Consult Service within the UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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.