Diabetic retinopathy is a rare condition, with fewer than 200,000 cases reported in the United States each year. It is a complication of uncontrolled blood sugar among diabetic patients. Mid America Vision Center in York and Hebron is here to help patients identify and manage diabetic retinopathy and other eye health concerns for area residents.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition caused by high blood sugar that damages blood vessels in the retina. The damage causes the blood vessels to swell and leak or close completely so that blood doesn’t pass through. Symptoms of retinopathy from diabetes include:
- Blurry vision
- Increasing “floaters” in your field of vision
- Blank or dark areas in the field of vision
- Poor night vision
- Colors appear washed out and faded instead of vivid
- Losing visio
Symptoms of this condition almost always affect both eyes.
Is there a Cure for Diabetic Retinopathy?
There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, there are treatments that can slow, if not stop, the progression of the condition so that little, if any further damage occurs. One of the most important factors for slowing the progression of diabetic retinopathy is to control blood glucose levels more effectively.
The second-best thing diabetic patients can do to slow the progression of retinopathy is to stop smoking. Keeping blood pressure under control is another effective treatment option for slowing the progression of diabetes-related retinopathy. By controlling your blood pressure, you’re doing your part to keep the blood vessels in your eyes healthy.
Treating Diabetic Retinopathy
This is one of those conditions in which prevention really is the best cure. The treatments for diabetic retinopathy include steroid injections to the eye and Anti-VEGF medications, which are also administered via injection to the eye. In some cases, laser surgery may be recommended to seal off blood vessels that may be leaking and reduce retinal swelling.
If you suspect you may be experiencing diabetic retinopathy, it is important to seek treatment right away. Fast action can greatly reduce your risk of complete blindness from the condition and preserve, perhaps even restore, the greatest possible amount of vision at your stage. As with many things, early treatment is vital for successful outcomes.
Finding the Right Eye Care Professionals to Treat the Condition
Mid America Vision Center is here to help with all your questions and concern about retinopathy related to diabetes and many other eye health concerns you may have. Our goal is to bring better vision to all residents in Hebron, York, and surrounding areas. You can call us today to learn more about diabetic retinopathy and to schedule your screening right away.