Diabetic Retinopathy: FAQ

If you have diabetes, you are at risk for developing an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. When detected early, this disease can be managed to help preserve your vision. By scheduling annual eye exams at Logos Vision in Hamilton Township, your optometrist can catch eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy in their early stages, before they permanently impair your vision. The following FAQ will give you greater insight into this disease.

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects the retinal blood vessels in your eyes. In some cases, the disease causes these blood vessels to swell and leak blood. In other cases, the disease causes the abnormal growth of new vessels on the retina surface, causing permanent damage to your vision.

Who's at Risk for Developing Diabetic Retinopathy?

Anyone who has diabetes can develop this disease. The longer you’ve had diabetes, the greater your risk. This disease is the main cause of blindness in seniors.   

What Are the Signs of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Most people experience no signs or symptoms of diabetic retinopathy in its early stages. That’s why annual eye exams are so important. They give your optometrist a chance to detect this condition before it becomes severe. Once the disease has taken hold, you may experience cloudy vision, floaters, and blind spots in your vision.

What Are The Types of Diabetic Retinopathy?

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: proliferative and non-proliferative retinopathy. Non-proliferative retinopathy is the early stage of the disease, when retinal blood vessels are more likely to break and leak. In the proliferative stage, new abnormal vessels grow inside the retina, increasing your risk of retinal detachment and vision loss.

Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Prevented?

By controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure levels, you can prevent the advent of this disease. Managing your diabetes is also key to slowing down the progression of diabetic retinopathy. Early detection and treatment can help save your vision.

See Your Hamilton Township Eye Doctor

To learn more about diabetic retinopathy, contact your Logos Vision optometrist at 609-587-3937 today.

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