If you have diabetes, you know that it can lead to a host of other health related issues further down the line including diabetic retinopathy. As an eye disease that causes damage to the back of the eye, retinopathy is something that should be carefully managed and monitored by the experts at Wilkinson Eye Center. If you have diabetes and are concerned that you are going to contract diabetic retinopathy, stay informed with the following information.
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
At the very early stages of diabetic retinopathy, you likely won’t have any sort of symptoms. However, as the disease progresses into later stages, you may experience symptoms such as the following:
- Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters)
- Blurred vision
- Fluctuating vision
- Impaired color vision
- Dark or empty areas in your vision
- Vision loss
How is diabetic retinopathy detected?
Diabetic retinopathy is detected by having a yearly eye exam from Wilkinson Eye Center. And if detected early on, you can get started on treatment options right away to help prevent the spread of this disease.
What is the treatment like for diabetic retinopathy?
Depending on the stage of diabetic retinopathy you are at will help to dictate what kind of treatment option is best for you.
Early Stage Treatment
During the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, treatment often includes meeting with your endocrinologist in order to ensure that you are closely monitoring your blood sugar levels. By paying close attention to your blood sugar, you can help to prevent against your retinopathy from turning more severe.
Later Stage Treatment
If you diabetic retinopathy is at a more advanced stage, then you will likely qualify for a laser treatment. During a laser treatment, abnormal blood vessels will be treated with a laser to help get rid of them.
If you have diabetic retinopathy or if you would like to learn more about it, contact Wilkinson Eye Center.