Diabetic Retinopathy Q&A
Dr. Grove recently shared a blog post about Diabetes and Your Vision. Since November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, we thought this would be an appropriate time to supplement his post with additional information about diabetic retinopathy.
What exactly causes diabetic retinopathy?
When not properly managed, diabetes can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the retina. This damage causes the blood vessels to leak blood or fluid and eventually close, stopping blood flow and nourishment to the retina as well as causing abnormal vessels to develop. These abnormal vessels are fragile and will break, causing bleeding in the eye and resulting in vision loss.
Are there any symptoms?
In the early stages, diabetic retinopathy generally has no symptoms. Over time, symptoms increase and include blurred vision; spots, strings, or dark areas in your vision; and poor night vision.
How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?
A dilated eye exam will allow your ophthalmologist or optometrist to examine your eyes more closely. If you have diabetes, it’s important to have regular eye examinations so diabetic retinopathy can be diagnosed in the early stages, before vision loss occurs.
Is diabetic retinopathy preventable or reversible?
Keeping your diabetes under control is the best way to prevent changes to your vision. Regular dilated eye exams are also important for early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and other conditions of the eye. While not curable, treatment can slow down the progression of diabetic retinopathy.
Contact us to schedule your dilated eye exam and consultation with one of our providers.
~The Ludwick Eye Center Team