Have you experienced vision disturbances that include blurring faces or floating black spots? Are you diabetic? It is possible you have a condition known as Diabetic Retinopathy. The doctor and staff at Logos Vision in Hamilton Township understand this condition, its causes, and how to help. We can help you too.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetes is marked by elevated blood sugar levels. This can also lead to a condition exclusive to diabetics that are known as Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition which can lead to permanent loss of vision and needs to be addressed as early as possible. In it, abnormal growth, swelling, leaking, and/or closing of the blood vessels in the retina can result in damage to those vessels. This, in turn, leads to vision disturbances.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosed?
Diabetic Retinopathy can be adequately managed and – in some cases – even reversed with treatment by a knowledgeable doctor and staff like those at Logos Vision. There are three primary tests utilized to diagnose retina problems including diabetic retinopathy.
- Dilation: During this test, the doctor will put special eye drops into the that widen the pupil and allows a special lens to look into the eye providing the doctor the ability to observe any overt visible signs of the condition.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): Using a special machine, the thickness of a retina can be scanned and measured indicating swelling of the macula located in the center of the retina and controlling detailed central vision.
- Fluorescein Angiography: Utilizing the injection of fluorescein – a yellow dye – into the bloodstream, doctors can employ a specialized camera to take pictures as the dye moves through the blood vessels of the retina which indicates where abnormal blood vessels lie.
Treatment in Hamilton Township
There are different treatments recommended based on the severity of one’s retinopathy. Your Logos Vision Optometrist in Hamilton Township can determine which will work best for you and implement a course of treatment designed for your specific needs.
One option involves the injection of a steroid or a medication called anti-VEGF. These can reduce the macular swelling of diabetic retinopathy and slow any loss of vision. These injections are given directly into the eye itself and have been shown to reverse some vision loss associated with diabetic retinopathy.
Another option is laser surgery. This uses concentrated laser beams to reduce swelling and seal off leaky blood vessels. It can also shrink blood vessels and stop them from expanding again.
A Vitrectomy – the surgical removal of the excessive vitreous gel from the retina, blood from leaking vessels, and scar tissue – is used in advanced cases of retinopathy. This allows rays of light to be focused properly on the retina.
Contact Our Logos Vision in Hamilton Township, NJ!
Make sure your eyes are in the best shape that they can, stop by Logos Vision in Hamilton Township, call our friendly professional staff at (609) 587-3937, or schedule an appointment online now.