“Anyone who has diabetes may develop a group of eye problems, which may cause severe vision loss or blindness. One of the most common eye complications seen in patients with diabetes is called Diabetic Retinopathy.
In fact, this condition is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and effects between 40 to 45% of patients diagnosed with diabetes.
In a normal eye, light is focused on the retina, which senses light and then sends nerve signals to the brain. High sugar levels in patients with diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels throughout the retina.
In the early stages these blood vessels may leak fluid and blood resulting in swelling of the retina and possibly blurred vision. In the later stages abnormal blood vessels may grow from the retina which may lead to more severe complications such as more severe bleeding, retinal detachment and possibly blindness.
Often patients that have diabetic retinopathy may have no symptoms at all. However, common symptoms that may eventually occur are blurred vision, floaters, sudden loss of vision and blindness.
A comprehensive dilated eye examination preformed by your eye care provider can determine if you have any signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Your eye care provider may take color photos of your retina to document you retinopathy and may perform a Fluorescein Angiogram of your retina to determine if further treatment may be needed.
Depending on the severity of your diabetic retinopathy, your eye care provider may decide to periodically perform eye checkups to determine if further treatment may be necessary.
If your diabetic retinopathy is more advanced your eye care provider may recommend laser treatment to your retina to help curb swelling caused by damaged retinal blood vessels.
Laser treatment or intraocular injection of medications may also be recommended to help shrink abnormal blood vessels that may bleed and result in severe vision loss. If bleeding is severe you may need a surgical procedure to remove the blood from the center of your eye.
It is important to remember that treatment does not cure retinopathy, but it may prevent further vision loss. If treated early, total blindness is uncommon for patients with diabetic retinopathy.”
To schedule a diabetic retinopathy consultation, please contact Westchester Eye Surgeons today.
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