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Developing a medical condition like diabetes can impact the health of your eyes. Due to the impact of the condition on your blood glucose levels, you can notice changes to your vision and your overall eye health. A potential problem that can arise after being diagnosed with the condition is diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy refers to a medical condition associated with diabetes. The condition causes damage to the retina of the eyes over a period of time by impacting the circulatory system in the eyes. Essentially, high blood sugar levels directly impact the blood vessels that nourish and maintain the health of your eyes. As a result, you notice gradual changes to your vision due to the damage that occurs.
Our Wauchula, Arcadia and Sebring eye doctors educate individuals about the risks to their eyes based on their situation. When a medical doctor diagnoses diabetes, we recommend preventative strategies for diabetic retinopathy and other related eye conditions.
The preventative strategies we recommend for diabetic retinopathy include:
Since the condition does not always have obvious signs of a problem, you need to visit our offices regularly to check for potential concerns when you notice that your blood sugar levels remain high despite efforts to manage the levels. You should always discuss your concerns with a medical doctor when you have difficulty managing your blood glucose levels. We offer tests like optical coherence tomography, which is an image test that uses light waves, or electroretinography, which uses an electrode to test your sensitivity to light and changes in light, so that you get appropriate treatment before the condition worsens.
Treatment for diabetic retinopathy depends on the severity of the symptoms and your condition. In the early stages, we primarily monitor the progression and take measures to help you recognize potential preventative options that will help limit future changes.
When the problem causes severe symptoms, we recommend appropriate laser treatments based on the severity of the symptoms and the risk of worsening conditions. We also recommend different vitamins and supplements that can help nourish your eyes and reduce the risk of further damage. In certain situations, we also offer procedures that remove blood and scar tissue from the retina or damaged areas of the eye to prevent further damage and any further loss of vision. Generally, we recommend natural measures to prevent and slow the process before more drastic measures like laser surgery.
Diabetes increases your risk of developing certain eye health concerns. In particular, the high blood sugar levels contribute to damages to your retina that can impact your vision and eventually result in blindness. To learn more about our treatments or to set up an appointment, contact us today.