Good luck and wish you healthy body.
Type 2 Diabetics should have at least annual eye exams by someone familiar with diabetic retinopathy from the time of their diagnosis with diabetes. Earlier diagnosis leads to earlier treatment intervention which leads to better preservation of vision.
Dr. Cathy Stern, OD, FCSO, FCOVD, FNORA
Martin M. Grajower, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Vice President, Lower NY Chapter, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Co-Editor, Diabetes/Metabolism: Research and Reviews
3736 Henry Hudson Pkwy. Riverdale, NY 10463
Understand that diabetes is a disease of small blood vessels. It affects these vessels in every part of your body from your toes to your kidneys and even brain. The reason the eye exam is so helpful to your primary doctor is that we can provide insight into the level of diabetes without taking a biopsy or doing a blood test. So it's a non-invasive way to grade the extent of diabetic damage throughout your body.
Hopefully this explains why your doctor is pushing you towards getting an eye exam!