What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
It's damage to the blood vessels of the light sensitive tissue at the retina in the back of the eye due to complications of diabetes. At first diabetic retinopathy may show no symptoms, but unchecked it can eventually lead to blindness-in fact, it's a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic Retinopathy can happen to anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop the condition. Early detection is best diagnosed with a dilated eye exam, so if you're diabetic, contact one of our eye doctors.
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Depending on the severity of the condition, and how well it may respond to specific measures, treatment options vary. You may not need immediate treatment, or you could require surgery.
There are laser surgeries that can be performed to stop the progress of diabetic retinopathy. These can be performed in your eye doctor's office and involve sealing off blood vessel leaks or shrinking abnormal vessels with a series of laser burns. Your vision will be blurry for about a day after the procedure.
For more serious cases of Diabetic Retinopathy, the patient may require a vitrectomy which is a more complex traditional surgery usually performed in a hospital under anesthesia. Recovery time is longer with this procedure as well.
Schedule a Diabetic Retinopathy Consultation Today
The best step you can take towards better vision is to schedule an appointment with team at Ophthalmic Associates of the Southern Tier today. You’ll get a comprehensive analysis of the severity of diabetic retinopathy along with a plan of action to achieve your desired results. Fill out the form on this page or call (607) 729-5016 to schedule your consultation.