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Eye Doctor Williamsbridge

Diabetic Eye Care Williamsbridge

If you have diabetes, our Williamsbridge eye doctor can’t stress enough how important regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams are. Not only are they necessary to detect any potentially dangerous problems, but to also help treat them. Statistics have shown that in the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. At Vision Center of New York, we are here to diagnose, treat, prevent and educate you so you not only know what your best treatment options are but also understand them. Even if your general doctor who takes care of your diabetes also checks your eyes, you should still get an eye exam every 1-2 years by an eye doctor who specializes in people with diabetes.

Williamsbridge Ophthalmologist

Williamsbridge Ophthalmologist

Our Williamsbridge eye doctor takes the time to explain that diabetes increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts, but can also cause the eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. As the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in adults, this vision-threatening disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of your retina that may swell and leak fluid. The diabetic eye exam is especially important because if you do have diabetic retinopathy, you won’t necessarily notice any changes to your vision, but as times goes on it can get worse and eventually cause loss of vision. During this comprehensive exam, which is the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy, your pupil is dilated, and in order to clearly view your retina, and determine the extent of your retinopathy, a device called an ophthalmoscope will be used. The best therapy is prevention and studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower the risk of vision loss from this disease. Laser treatments are sometimes the first procedure recommended and is focused on leaky areas of your retina to reabsorb the surplus fluid. The main goal of laser treatments for diabetic retinopathy is to, hopefully, avoid further vision loss.

Earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy, through dilated eye exams, can help you decide to have laser surgery when it is most effective. Another laser treatment used in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy is laser photocoagulation. This treatment uses heat from a laser to seal or destroy abnormal, leaking blood vessels in your retina. Our Williamsbridge eye doctor will explain the best treatment options for you so you know what to expect as you proceed.

Williamsbridge Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments
2100 Bartow Avenue, Suite 216C
Bronx, NY 10475
718-862-EYES (3937)

Bronx Eye Surgeon

Bronx Eye Surgeon

Diabetes can be the source of many health complications, including with your eyes. At Vision Center of New York, we take your eye health as seriously as you do and we want to make sure that you are aware of diabetic retinopathy, its causes, symptoms, and treatments. Make an appointment to see our Bronx eye surgeon if you are diabetic and would like a comprehensive eye exam. Discovered and treated early, diabetic retinopathy is a manageable disease.

Regardless if you have type one or type two diabetes, your retinal blood vessels can become damaged due to high blood sugar. Eventually, left unchecked, diabetic retinopathy can block the blood flow to your eyes, resulting in vision loss. Our Bronx eye surgeon can detect and diagnose diabetic retinopathy even if you are feeling perfectly fine. With regular eye exams, you can stay on top of your diabetes and find out if diabetic retinopathy is affecting you. Unfortunately, your risk for retinopathy increases the longer you have diabetes. Other factors that can elevate your risk include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and being pregnant.

Bronx Diabetic Eye Care

Bronx Diabetic Eye Care

Symptoms that are commonly related to diabetic retinopathy are signs such as having blurred vision, any loss of vision, difficulties in perceiving colors, or seeing spots within your field of vision (also known as floaters). While the presence of any one of these symptoms does not mean you are dealing with the effects of diabetic retinopathy, it is important not to treat them lightly. If you experience any of the previously mentioned warning signs, you should waste no time in scheduling a checkup with our Bronx eye surgeon.

If you do have diabetic retinopathy, the severity of your condition will help to determine the treatment. In mild cases, it is possible that no treatment will be required at first. Getting your blood sugar under control to the greatest extent possible will be a priority. In more advanced cases, laser treatments can be utilized to prevent blood from leaking into the eye, a complication of retinopathy. Laser surgery can also be used to shrink enlarged blood vessels in the eye to help alleviate the problem. Our Bronx eye surgeon will discuss all of the options available to you depending on your situation.

Diabetic Retinopathy Bronx
2100 Bartow Avenue, Suite 216C
Bronx, NY 10475
718-862-EYES (3937)