Diabetic Eye Care
Retinal disease is any condition of the retina that results in loss of vision. Of the roughly 29 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, an estimated 90% will develop diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness. It is an eye condition which affects up to 80% of patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. Research indicates that at least 90% of these cases could be reduced with proper treatment and regular eye exams.
Diabetics should see their eye doctor at least once a year for a dilated eye exam.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
If you are diabetic and experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately:
- Difficulty reading or doing close work
- Double vision
- Dark spot in the central vision
- Blurred vision
If fluid begins to collect in the macula, the most light-sensitive part of the retina, the condition called macular edema will develop.
High blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the retina, causing them to leak fluid or bleed. This causes the retina to swell and form deposits. In later stages, new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina causing serious vision problems.
Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy in Richmond, VA can be treated with laser photocoagulation which uses laser surgery to seal off leaking blood vessels and remove unwanted tissue. Laser photocoagulation is painless and is performed as an outpatient procedure.