What is diabetic retinopathy?
When a diabetic lives with uncontrolled blood sugar, blood vessels in the eyes can sustain damage. This damage is called diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes, especially if it is uncontrolled, the higher your chances of developing some form of diabetic retinopathy. At Patel Eye Associates in Edison, New Jersey, we can perform a thorough evaluation of your current vision to determine if you are at risk.
Is diabetic retinopathy a serious condition?
Yes. It is a very serious condition that can lead to retinal detachment, ocular hemorrhage, macular edema, cataracts, glaucoma and ultimately blindness. A diabetic’s risk is increased 25 times beyond that of a non-diabetic. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to saving your sight.
What causes diabetic retinopathy?
Unstable blood-sugar levels and long-term diabetes increase your risk of diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to vision loss. As a diabetic, it is vital to control your disease to prevent diabetes from claiming your good vision.
What are the signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy begins slowly, so symptoms may not be present at first. Some symptoms such as floaters, difficulty reading or doing up-close work, and double vision may mean you should schedule a consultation with Patel Eye Associates immediately.
How can I reduce my risk of developing diabetic retinopathy?
Reduce your risk by keeping blood sugar and pressure levels down, eating well, exercising, undergoing yearly eye exams, and following Dr. Patel’s advice for controlling your diabetes. See your endocrinologist regularly, and follow his or her suggestions for good health. Not all diabetics develop retinopathy, but all diabetics are at risk for the disease.
What is the treatment for diabetic retinopathy?
Treatments for early stage diabetic retinopathy include regular monitoring of eye health and blood sugar control, diet, and exercise. Treatment for late stage diabetic retinopathy and other resulting diseases include laser photocoagulation, vitrectomy, cataract surgery, and prescription drugs for the treatment of glaucoma.
To learn more about diabetic retinopathy treatment at Patel Eye Associates, please contact our eye doctors in New Jersey today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in New Brunswick, Edison and Middlesex County, New Jersey.