Your eyes are at risk for a disease called diabetic retinopathy. It occurs as a result of the effects of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The more you know about it, the easier it will be to ensure that it does not cause you any preventable eye damage or vision loss. At Katz Eye Center, you can feel assured of getting expert care from examination to diagnosis to treatment.
The unsafe elevation of blood sugar due to diabetes leads to damage to your retinal blood vessels. The flow of blood to your eyes becomes compromised and may even become blocked entirely. Unfortunately, symptoms are not evident in the early stages. That’s a big reason why you should visit our Williamsbridge eye doctor’s office once per year for a comprehensive eye exam. The best outcomes are associated with early detection and treatment. However, if you do experience, blurry vision, problems perceiving colors, floaters, or any degree of vision loss, be sure to make an appointment with our Williamsbridge eye doctor’s office promptly. Diagnostic testing includes a complete checkup, dilated eye exam, and specific tests that are designed specifically to detect diabetic retinopathy. When a positive conclusion is reached, our eye doctor will go over possible treatment and management options. At the top of the list is getting your blood sugar under control, which means working closely with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist regarding guidelines on diet, exercise, and medication. If there is retinal blood vessel damage, laser treatments make for an effective remedy. Moving forward, you should get an annual eye exam or possibly more frequently in order to monitor any changes that should be addressed.
Diabetes can be scary, but it doesn’t have to result in harm to your eyes or loss of vision. Contact our Williamsbridge eye doctor’s office to schedule your next examination.