Apex Eye offers the specialized care and services that diabetic patients require. Our offices are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help us discover problems at the earliest and most treatable stage.
The comprehensive Apex Eye diabetic eye exam, usually covered by medical insurance includes:
- Review of medical and visual symptoms
- Measurement of visual acuity, using an eye chart to check for sharpness of vision
- Measurement of visual field to check for central and peripheral vision
- Measurement of refraction to evaluate the need for or changes to corrective lenses (may not be covered by medical insurance)
- Use of the slit-lamp (bio-microscope) to examine the structures of the front of the eye (lids, cornea, conjunctiva, iris) and an even higher-powered lens to view inside the eye (retina, optic nerve, macula)
- Measurement of pressure within the eye to check for glaucoma
- Dilation of the eyes to most thoroughly evaluate the ocular structure, pupil reactivity, blood supply and blood vessels into/around the retina
When further diagnostic tests are needed, we have the most technologically advanced imaging available. This includes spectral domain OCT scanning as well as fluorescein and ICG angiography. This allows for advanced 3-D images of the eyes, which help reveal eye diseases that may not yet be noticeable by the patient. We are able to visualize and study the retinal layers and get a better understanding of any nerve (maybe use rod and cone) damage in the eye. This imaging can be completed in several minutes, is non-invasive and typically does not require dilation of the eyes. These images also provide a baseline for ensuring treatment is meeting expectations in follow-up exams.