Don’t be Blind to Diabetic Retinopathy
You’ve come a long way since being diagnosed with Diabetes. You found a way to get back out there and enjoy all that life has to offer. Don’t add vision loss as another challenge to overcome.
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, you’re at risk for Diabetic Retinopathy, an eye condition that’s caused by damage to the blood vessels in your retina. If you see dark spots, empty areas, or floaters, or you experience blurry vision or vision loss, see your eye care professional right away, as these symptoms may indicate Diabetic Retinopathy.
If you’re diabetic, see your eye doctor annually to maintain eye health and prevent vision loss. We’re your trusted partner in your health maintenance journey. Let us help you stay ahead of potential risks before they become a problem. It takes is one simple call to get started. Take care of your vision. Call us to Speak to a Specialist today and schedule an eye exam now!
Diabetes can damage blood vessels in the retina, the layer of nerves at the back of your eye that sense light and send images to the brain. Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), commonly known as background retinopathy, is the early stage where tiny blood vessels leak blood or fluid making the retina swell or form deposits called exudates. Mild NPDR doesn’t always affect vision.
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Macular edema is swelling or thickening of the macula, the small area in the center of the retina that allows you to see fine details. Fluid leaking from the retinal blood vessels is the most common cause of visual loss in people with uncontrolled diabetes. This loss can be mild to severe but even in the worst cases I’ve seen, peripheral, or side, vision still functions. Macular ischemia occurs when small blood vessels close. Your vision is blurry because the macula isn’t receiving enough blood supply.
To look for signs of diabetic eye disease, I rely on a test called fluorescien angiography or optical coherence tomography (OCT).
Recommended Fix: Laser Surgery
First of all, follow doctor’s orders to control your diabetes and schedule regular eye checkups. Early detection is the best way to save your eyesight when you have diabetes. This is a systemic disease that can affect your entire body. Laser surgery (photocoagulation) can be used to help control visual loss from macular edema and newer treatments are also under investigation but at this point, there are no effective ways to control macular ischemia.