Diabetic Eye Disease


Diabetes is a prevalent health condition that can have a major impact on eye health and vision, making it essential for patients to undergo regular eye exams with an experienced eye doctor. Without proper care and blood sugar management, diabetes can lead to a collection of eye concerns referred to as diabetic eye disease. These conditions may impact patients who have both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and include diabetic retinopathy (the most common eye disease affecting patients with diabetes), diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts, and can lead to vision impairment and even blindness. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Yaplee of Triangle Eye Institute has years of experience in treating diabetic eye conditions in Bakersfield, CA patients. If you have diabetes and are due for an eye exam, please contact our caring team today to set up an appointment.


Common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and other forms of diabetic eye disease include blurry vision, glare, floaters, eye pain, watery eyes, and vision loss. When blood glucose levels remain uncontrolled over time, the blood vessels in the eye may swell, leak, or become blocked, causing scarring and other forms of damage to the retina and optic nerve. To diagnose diabetic eye conditions, Dr. Yaplee may dilate your pupils to examine the back part of your eyes, check your intraocular pressure, or perform vision tests. Treatment may include combined efforts to better control your blood glucose levels and specialized procedures, medications, or surgeries to address the specific type of diabetic eye disease impacting your vision.


Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma can threaten your vision and eye health without proper management and care. As a highly skilled vision expert, Dr. Yaplee can diagnose and treat your condition to protect your eyesight from further harm. To learn more about diabetic eye disease, inquire about insurance coverage, or schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please contact Triangle Eye Institute in Bakersfield or Delano, CA today.