Diabetic eye disease involves swelling, bleeding, or abnormal blood vessel growth within the retina. This is known as diabetic retinopathy. There are multiple stages to this disease, the earliest of which may not cause any vision changes. Progression of diabetic retinopathy can lead to symptoms such as blurred vision, floaters, or permanent vision loss.
Since the main risk factor for developing ocular complications of diabetes is duration of the disease, it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam every year. At Steinhauer Family Eye Clinic we use our advanced technology to detect diabetic eye disease before it starts to affect your vision, as well as to monitor for progression over time.
Treatments for severe diabetic retinopathy include replacement of the inner gel inside the eye (called a vitrectomy) and laser surgery. These procedures are performed by a retinal specialist. To avoid diabetic ocular complications, maintaining good blood sugar control has been found to slow the onset and progression of the disease.
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