Diabetic Eye Disease Evaluation and Treatment

People with diabetes are at higher risk of a variety of eye and vision problems that can lead to blindness.

However, the Centers for Disease Control estimates around 90% of vision loss due to diabetes is preventable. That’s why it’s critical to have regular eye exams by the eye care providers at Vision Eye Group to detect signs of diabetic eye disease.

During your diabetic eye disease evaluation, our experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists will dilate your eyes and view the back of your eye, examining your retina and surrounding blood vessels for leaks or abnormalities. Our team has cared for patients suffering from diabetic eye disease for decades, creating personalized treatment plans to improve your ocular health.

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Types of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina. When this damage happens, blood vessels can swell, leak, or even close completely and stop blood flow. All of these changes to the retina’s blood vessels can cause vision loss.

Some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Loss of vision or blind spots
  • Poor vision at night
  • Seeing floaters
  • Seeing fewer colors with less vibrancy

It’s important to catch diabetic retinopathy early to avoid permanent vision loss. After your exam, our eye doctors will create a treatment plan that may include medication or surgery, depending on the damage to the retina. Diabetic retinopathy can be prevented by maintaining consistent blood sugar levels and having regular eye exams.

Diabetes and Glaucoma

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having diabetes doubles your risk of getting glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that damages your optic nerve due to increased eye pressure, generally caused by a build-up of fluid. Symptoms of glaucoma aren’t evident in the early stages of the disease, meaning it’s critical to have regular eye exams by the eye care providers at Vision Eye Group, especially if you have diabetes.

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