Diabetes and Your Eyes

Allisonville Eye Care Center- Specializing in Diabetic Eye Care

Mark W. Roark, OD, FAAO and Daniel J. Bollier, OD

 

Diabetes and Your Eyes: Know the Answers to These Questions

 

Q: Why should I be we concerned about diabetes?

A: Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults age 20 to 70! 

 

Q: When diabetes causes eye problems, what are the most common symptoms? 

A: Blurry or declining vision, as well as fluctuating vision, are among the most common symptoms caused by diabetes.  

 

Q: What causes vision loss?

A: Diabetic retinopathy is the biggest threat to vision. Chronic elevated blood sugar can damage the small blood vessels in the back of the eye and lead to bleeding, swelling, and retinal damage. If left untreated, permanent vision loss and blindness can occur. 

 

Q: How can I reduce the likelihood of this happening?

A: Keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol controlled will reduce the likelihood of vision loss. However, since early diagnosis is key, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly by your eye doctor. 

 

Q: Are there other eye conditions I should be concerned about?

A: Other eye conditions found more frequently in patients with diabetes include dry eye disease, cataracts, and glaucoma. 

 

Q: What should I expect at an eye exam?

A: To detect diabetic retinopathy, we will dilate your pupils and examine the inside of your eyes with special lenses. Photographs and other advanced technology can also assist in providing a thorough examination. A report of the findings will be discussed with you and communicated to your primary care doctor. 

 

Q: How often should I have an eye examination?

A: Based on the results of your eye examination, you will be informed as to how often you need to be seen. The maximum interval between visits will be 12 months.

 

Q: Are there supplements I can take to reduce my risk of diabetic eye problems?

A: Our holistic approach to diabetic eye care includes specific nutritional intervention shown in research to improve function and reduce the risk of diabetic complications. We will recommend a specific program for you. Please call our office at 317-577-0707 if you have further questions.

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Testimonials

  • Prompt, professional, and friendly!

    - J.S.
  • Dr. Kelly Summers was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. I truly had a wonderful experience from the sweet office staff to the experienced physicians.

    - K.H.
  • Very, very thorough exam. Friendly and professional. Impressive array of sophisticated technology to examine my eyes. I felt very confident that I was receiving excellent care.

    - P.S.
  • I needed to find an eye doctor after I relocated to Central Indiana. I came across the Allisonville Eye Care Center and heard good things about this place. So I decided to set up an appointment and was very pleased with Dr. Roark and his staff! They were all so very helpful, and I was impressed with Dr. Roark! He's very personable, which I have not been used to in the past when it comes to eye doctors. I will definitely go back, and I highly recommend!

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  • Entire staff was very helpful! I had a very thorough eye exam with Dr. Summers! Hannah did a great job with all of my testing prior to the exam! She also helped me pick out some fabulous new eye glasses!

    - Anonymous
  • I am a long time patient of Dr. Roark, and always have appreciated his professionalism. I needed new glasses, and the staff was very helpful. My new glasses were ready in just a few days, and I am very satisfied with the results.

    - J.M
  • Top quality facility, professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff." -D.W."Friendly and easy going.

    - N.W.
  • Dr. Roark and his staff are fantastic! They are professional and very thorough!

    - J.R
  • They are very professional. Myself and my 9 month old both had exams there. They did a great job!

    - C.R.
  • Allisonville Eye Care Center was a great experience. The staff were all friendly, courteous and professional. They seemed eager to help and discuss issues and were not impatiently just running me through the test. Great job!

    - -T.B.

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Monday

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tuesday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Friday

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Monday
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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