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Diabetic Retinopathy



Diabetic Retinopathy What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a very common eye disease associated with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is considered a leading cause of blindness in American adults. The sad thing about diabetic retinopathy leading the blindness charge is that in a majority of cases, blindness could have been completely preventable

If you are diabetic you will need to work closely with the Carter Eye Center diabetic retina eye doctors to monitor and treat this disease. The use of medications and daily blood sugar monitoring can make a major impact on containing the worsening of diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms - Treating Dallas Diabetic Retinopathy

  • If you are a diabetic patient it is suggested by the RRC that you have regular eye exams to look for symptoms. Diabetic retinopathy does not really have any initial warning signs.
  • Retinal swelling may cause blurred vision and distortion.
  • Objects may look smaller or larger than normal.
  • Floaters may appear due to the bleeding of the blood vessels.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by complications of diabetes. After 10 or 15 years most diabetic people have signs of mild damage to the back of the eye that we call retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a common cause of vision loss but that vision loss can be minimized by early diagnosis and carefully designed treatments. Diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels that nourish the retina, the seeing part at the back of the eye.

Damage to the retina caused when blood vessels:

  • Expand and begin to leak
  • Develop brush-like branches
  • Break and cause bleeding

Once the leaking blood damages or scars the retina, the image sent to the brain becomes blurry.

Successful Treatment

Dr. Carter can do several things to repair the ongoing damage, such as:

  • Focus a laser on the damaged retina to stop the bleeding by sealing the blood vessels
  • Remove the blood-filled portion of the eye and replace it with a clear artificial solution

Don't Compromise Your Vision - Schedule Your Screening Today

People who have had diabetes for a long time have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. If you're diabetic, it's very important to have your eyes examined regularly by an experienced ophthalmologist and to report any change in vision immediately. Schedule with Carter Eye Center.

Trust your eyes to leading Dallas vision specialist Dr. Harvey Carter. Call or email Carter Eye Center today for your personal consultation.

What are some early signs of retinopathy?

In many cases of retinopathy, there are no warning signs at all, which is why you should stay on course with annual eye exams.

Some symptoms that do occur at times are:

  • Floating spots in vision
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Vision change
  • Retinal bleeding
  • Flashers and floaters
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Sudden or gradual vision impairment
  • Double vision

That's why it is extremely important that diabetic patients keep up with their annual eye exams. Schedule now

Am I at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name implies, diabetic patients are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. Also, the longer a patient is diabetic, the greater his risk for developing the disease.

If you're diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of type, you should be extra cautious and schedule annual eye exams. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is key to its successful treatment.

How does Dr. Carter diagnose retinopathy?

During your thorough eye consultation, Dr. Carter will perform specialized testing for diabetic retinopathy. The pupils will be dilated and your vision tested for any abnormalities.

If retinopathy is suspected, Dr. Carter may investigate further with a special camera that can photograph the back of the eye.

What treatment options are available for this disease?

Depending on the severity of your retinopathy, several treatment options may be explored. Dr. Carter may recommend:

  • Drug therapy,
  • Laser treatment, or
  • Lifestyle changes

to manage the effects of retinopathy.

What can be done to prevent vision loss?

Diabetics who undergo regular and thorough eye exams face less risk of vision loss from this condition than those who ignore the potential for damage.

Also, once diagnosed, patients with retinopathy can contribute to the positive effects of treatment through healthy management of their diabetic condition.

If discovered at a late stage, diabetic retinopathy may be difficult to control.

Your eyes are too important to compromise. If you haven't been in for your annual exam yet, call or email Carter Eye Center and schedule today.

Diabetic Retinopathy FAQ

What are some early signs of retinopathy?

Am I at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

How does Dr. Carter diagnose retinopathy?

What treatment options are available for this disease?

What can be done to prevent vision loss?

What are some early signs of retinopathy?

In many cases of retinopathy, there are no warning signs at all, which is why you should stay on course with annual eye exams.

Some symptoms that do occur at times are:

  • Floating spots in vision
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Vision change
  • Retinal bleeding
  • Flashers and floaters
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Sudden or gradual vision impairment
  • Double vision

That's why it is extremely important that diabetic patients keep up with their annual eye exams. Schedule now

Am I at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name implies, diabetic patients are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. Also, the longer a patient is diabetic, the greater his risk for developing the disease.

If you're diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of type, you should be extra cautious and schedule annual eye exams. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is key to its successful treatment.

How does Dr. Carter diagnose retinopathy?

During your thorough eye consultation, Dr. Carter will perform specialized testing for diabetic retinopathy. The pupils will be dilated and your vision tested for any abnormalities.

If retinopathy is suspected, Dr. Carter may investigate further with a special camera that can photograph the back of the eye.

What treatment options are available for this disease?

Depending on the severity of your retinopathy, several treatment options may be explored. Dr. Carter may recommend:

  • Drug therapy,
  • Laser treatment, or
  • Lifestyle changes

to manage the effects of retinopathy.

What can be done to prevent vision loss?

Diabetics who undergo regular and thorough eye exams face less risk of vision loss from this condition than those who ignore the potential for damage.

Also, once diagnosed, patients with retinopathy can contribute to the positive effects of treatment through healthy management of their diabetic condition.

If discovered at a late stage, diabetic retinopathy may be difficult to control.

Your eyes are too important to compromise. If you haven't been in for your annual exam yet, call or email Carter Eye Center and schedule today.

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