What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition that can permanently damage important structures in the eye, like the blood vessels and retina. Caused by uncontrolled and elevated blood sugar levels, diabetes-related complications can make the blood vessels in your eyes expand, leak, or become clogged. These issues inhibit blood from properly flowing and providing essential nutrients to your eyes. If the symptoms start to occur, you have an increased risk of experiencing serious eye problems, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular edema, and partial or total vision loss. Because you do not experience diabetic retinopathy symptoms until the more advanced stages of this condition, we highly recommend scheduling annual visits to avoid any long-term damage. Proudly helping our Lake Worth, FL and Delray Beach, FL communities, please schedule a consultation if you have diabetes so we can help you monitor your eye health or talk about treatments for diabetic retinopathy.
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How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?
Patients can experience two different stages of diabetic retinopathy. These include non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (early stage) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (advanced stage). Over time, you may start to experience uncomfortable symptoms, which may include:
- Vision loss
- Lower visual acuity
- Dark spots
- color blindness
- Fuzzy vision
Our first step is to complete a thorough eye exam, diagnose your condition, and develop a treatment plan. Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy is not curable, but we offer solutions to decrease symptoms and prevent it from worsening. Depending on your exact needs, our group may suggest vitrectomy, laser options, or anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) medications. In addition to following your eye care plan, patients should try their best to control diabetes with a healthy weight, nourishing diet, and proper blood sugar levels.
Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy
Scheduling a routine eye exam is critical for individuals with diabetes. We have a better chance of preventing permanent damage and reducing vision loss if treated earlier on. If you have diabetes, we encourage you to schedule an eye exam at Palm Beach Eye Center to protect your eyesight. Our dedicated team of Lake Worth, FL ophthalmologists can help manage your eye health and provide the best course of action for your needs.