What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a severe eye condition that can damage the important blood vessels within the back of your eye or retina. Because of uncontrolled blood sugar levels or diabetes-related complications, diabetic retinopathy can cause the veins to become inflamed, drained, or obstructed. When these vessels become blocked, your eye has difficulty getting the essential nutrients and blood circulation it needs. Unfortunately, as this condition progresses, you may experience retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular edema, vision loss, and blindness. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may not become noticeable until you are in the advanced stages, making eye exams crucial for patients with diabetes. At Bentz Eye Center, our group proudly provides management for diabetic retinopathy to patients throughout West Palm Beach, FL.
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How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?
Diabetic retinopathy has two general parts: non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (early stage) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (advanced stage). Often, patients do not experience diabetic retinopathy symptoms until the condition advances. During proliferative diabetic retinopathy, you may experience blurriness, floaters, dark spots, or vision loss. The first step to diagnosing your condition is to complete a comprehensive eye exam. Although diabetic retinopathy is not curable, our expert ophthalmologist can treat and manage it. Treatment options could include vitrectomy, laser surgery, and vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) medications. Like most recommended plans, patients should carefully monitor their weight, diet, and blood sugar levels.
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Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy
If you have diabetes, carefully monitoring your ocular health is critical so you can avoid severe complications. By diagnosing diabetic retinopathy earlier on, we can reduce damage to the retina or other eye structures and help maintain your vision. Please schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL to meet with our retina specialist. Our team strives to provide innovative care and management so we can help protect and preserve your vision for the future.