The eye disease called diabetic retinopathy is a very real risk for anyone who has been diagnosed with either type one or type two diabetes. Here at Allen Eye Associates, we recommend a yearly visit with our Sherrill eye care specialist so that you can be screened for it. As with other common eye conditions, this one does not have any obvious indications to alert you to its presence until it has advanced past its early stages. Our diabetic eye examinations are designed to promote early detection and treatment, which is closely associated with the chances for positive outcomes.
The appearance of symptoms typically means that diabetic retinopathy has passed its primary stages and has progressed. If you observe any of the following signs, you should not hesitate to get checked out by our Sherrill eye care specialist right away: blurred vision, difficulties in perceiving colors, seeing floaters (spots) in front of your eyes, and vision loss to any degree. Hypertension and high blood pressure increase risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. The complications of diabetic retinopathy include damage to your ocular blood vessels and vision loss that could be permanent. Furthermore, it can hasten the onset of glaucoma. And while not common, diabetic retinopathy may even have life threatening consequences. If you are diagnosed with it by our Sherrill eye care specialist, there are options available, such as laser treatments to repair damaged blood vessels in your eyes. And by working closely with your primary care doctor or diabetes specialist, you can focus on getting your blood pressure better controlled. Follow your doctor’s guidance regarding diet, exercise, and medication.
If you’re due for your annual checkup, or you have detected any of the above listed symptoms, please contact us to arrange a time to come for our diabetic eye examination.