If you have diabetes, getting a retinal eye exam is an easy—and important—way to check for nerve damage to your eyes called diabetic retinopathy. The condition, which can go unnoticed until patients experience vision loss, can lead to blindness.
A retinal eye exam is needed once a year if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, and usually every other year if you haven’t. The exam uses a high-quality digital camera. It’s fast and easy, and you don’t need to have your eyes dilated.
You can get a screening as part of an in-person visit at all Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Ask at the front desk to be directed to the diabetic retinopathy screening location. Find a clinic near you.