Retinal screenings can detect diabetic eye damage

If you have diabetes, you know how important it is to control your blood sugar, exercise, and take any medications your doctor prescribes. It’s also important to get regular eye exams called retinal screenings.

Retinal screenings can monitor and detect eye damage caused by diabetes before you notice any difference yourself. That damage, which is called diabetic retinopathy, can lead to vision loss and even blindness.

If you have diabetes and haven’t been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, your doctor will probably recommend that you have a retinal screening every other year. If you already have diabetic retinopathy, the screening is usually given once a year.

Where to get your eyes tested

Many Kaiser Permanente medical offices now offer retinal screenings without an appointment. The exam is fast and easy, and you don’t need to have your eyes dilated.

Medical offices where this service is available include Family Practice at Burien, Kent, Lynnwood, Seattle-Capitol Hill, Silverdale, Seattle-Northgate, Seattle-Rainier, Spokane-Veradale, Tacoma, and Tacoma South. The exams are also available in Optometry at our Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Port Orchard, Puyallup, and Renton medical centers.

You can also get a screening as part of a complete eye exam from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Your eyes will be dilated for this exam.