Susan B. Sloane, BS, RPh, CDE, has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 15 years. Her two sons were diagnosed with diabetes, and since then, she has been dedicated to promoting wellness and optimal outcomes as a patient advocate, information expert, educator, and corporate partner.

Diabetes requires constant vigilance around controlling blood sugars, eating well, and practicing good health habits such as exercising regularly. Beyond this it is extremely important to have regular eye exams, as this article highlights.

Diabetes is a disease that requires a bit of multitasking. There are quite a few moving parts to balance besides blood sugar. One such important aspect of diabetes care is paying careful attention to your eyes. This is done with a yearly dilated eye exam.

Even if you feel that your eyes are fine and your vision is clear, it is imperative to keep these appointments. A thorough eye exam tests intra-ocular pressure to detect eye conditions such as glaucoma and will check blood vessels in the eye to make sure they are intact and normal in appearance. Subtle changes can take place in the eye before symptoms even occur. If caught early, the majority of eye issues can be treated. Good blood sugar control is always critical to help stave off eye damage if you have diabetes.