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.
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.