Diabetic retinopathy is the term used to describe damage to the blood vessels in the retina. The resulting damage slowly deteriorates vision over time and progresses as tiny blood vessels break and leak fluid into the retina. Initially these changes may give little, if any, perceivable vision changes. For those with diabetes, it is vitally important to undergo a dilated eye exam each year as treatments for this issue are most effective when the blood vessel damage is found early.
Waiting until symptoms are present and affecting vision could cause irreversible damage to the eyes. Treatments are available to help preserve vision and slow the progression of retinopathy but annual dilated exams are a necessity.
Waiting until symptoms are present could mean allowing diabetic retinopathy to progress into proliferative retinopathy or a form or moderate or severe non-proliferative retinopathy, which could cause irreversible damage to the eyes. Treatments are available to help preserve vision and slow the progression of retinopathy in the eye.
Did you know…
that diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness and vision loss among adults under the age of 70 in America? The primary risk factor for developing the disease is uncontrolled diabetes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can diabetic retinopathy be treated?
There are treatment options available to help slow the growth of new blood vessel formation and a dilated exam is needed for determining your best treatment option. The doctor will discuss the course of action best suited for your eye condition.
Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of developing diabetic retinopathy?
The best treatment to lowering your risk for this disease is to practice strict control of your blood sugar, high blood pressure and get an annual dilated comprehensive eye exam.