Diabetic Eye Exam Specialist

If you have diabetes, the high glucose levels in your blood can cause vision problems that could eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. Jerry Gundersheimer, OD provides diabetic eye exams for patients of all ages at Dr. Gundersheimer’s Eye-Do Optical in Sherman, Texas. He monitors your eye health and offers treatment to protect your vision if you show signs of eye diseases like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or cataracts. If you have diabetes, you can count on expert eye care from Dr. Gundersheimer. Call or make an appointment online today.

How does diabetes affect my vision?

Diabetes disrupts the way your body converts glucose into energy and as a result, you have higher blood sugar levels. The extra blood sugar increases the pressure on your blood vessels, including the blood vessels in your eyes.

When the delicate blood vessels in your eyes are damaged by your increased glucose levels, they begin to leak extra fluid into your eyeball. While your eyes have a natural drainage system,  too much of a fluid buildup can damage the interior structures of your eyes, including your macula, retina, and optic nerve.

The damage to your blood vessels can also cause scar tissue and clots to develop. Over time, this tissue damage can cause retinal detachment and blindness.

Not only can damage to your interior eye structures disrupt your vision, but it can also lead to conditions like diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, which contribute to vision loss.

How is a diabetic eye exam different from a regular eye exam?

As a diabetic, you should have an eye exam every year. In addition to the standard vision and eye health tests of a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Gundersheimer also carefully monitors your eyes for signs of retina damage.

He dilates your pupils with special eyedrops so he can examine the interior of your eyes more closely. Even if you don’t have diabetes, you may need to have a pupil dilation exam every now and then.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that develops as a complication of diabetes. Diabetes damages the blood vessels in your eyes, creating scar tissue and other problems on your retina. Your retina is the part of your eye where light focuses and the information is picked up by your optic nerve before being sent to your brain.

Diabetic retinopathy doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early stages, but it can lead to blindness. If you have diabetes, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by working with your physician to control your disease and manage your blood sugar levels.

Dr. Gundersheimer can work with your physician to help protect your eye health and vision with regular exams and customized treatments.

If you have diabetes and haven’t had an eye exam within the last year, call or schedule an appointment today.

Location

Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Every Third Saturday

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials & Reviews

  • "Always helpful, always friendly, and always professional. I have been using this practice for years and never a complaint. Totally recommend their services."
    Derrick J
  • "From the moment we walked in the office they took great care of my children! I'm very pleased by the time he took and for the exceptional care they all received. When you walk in with 4 kids it can be overwhelming but not at this office. We will not change eye Dr's again!"
    Wesley S
  • "Very professional, thorough. Pleasant, caring staff."
    Patricia F
  • "Dr. Gundersheimer took his time to make sure I felt comfortable with the exam. My glasses were ready sooner than expected. Very satisfied. The staff is great!"
    Cathy W
  • "Dr. Gundersheimer was methodical and took time for explanations. He made me feel like a valued patient...not a number."
    Allen C
  • "Dr. Gundersheimer and his staff are all very friendly and informative. The atmosphere and experience is always pleasant."
    Deryl R
  • "Excellent service! Dr. Gundersheimer always goes above and beyond to take exceptional care of his patients. He and his staff are kind, professional and attentive. Always a pleasant experience! Thank you!"
    Kristina M
  • "A fun atmosphere, kind and helpful staff, and a great doctor! I was very happy with my visit. And my glasses!!"
    Mickinze V
  • "We have used Dr Gundersheimer for years. Always feel confident in our eye exams by him."
    Gene P
  • "Really nice Dr and staff. Wait was a little but I was well worth it !"
    Erin C
  • "I love going to see Dr. Gundersheimer! Not only do I get an eye exam, I get an explanation of what is going on with my eyes and what causes it as well as what to expect in the future with my eyes. He is very thorough in his exam and always makes sure to answer any questions I have."
    Will M
  • "Very professional and nice! Thanks for see me!"
    Catherine B