Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that results from blood sugar fluctuations that are caused by either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It’s a dangerous condition, but at the Retina Group of Washington, you get the benefit of working with our macular specialist so that you can be assured of the best outcomes possible given your unique situation.
The longer you are diabetic, the more susceptible you are to getting diabetic retinopathy. It is highly recommended that you see our retina doctor in Stafford once per year for an examination. If your diabetes is especially severe, it may be necessary to come in more frequently. There are no obvious symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. By the time signs such as blurry vision, difficulties in color perception, the appearance of spots in your field of vision (floaters), and vision loss of any degree, it may already mean that damage has occurred that will not be reversible. So don’t take unnecessary chances. Our retina doctor in Stafford will do a thorough checkup. Some of the risk factors that are associated with diabetic retinopathy are tobacco use, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Women who are pregnant are also more likely. Wherever possible, it is a good idea to reduce your risk. If there is a positive diagnosis, possible treatment options will be discussed with you. In mild cases, you may only need to get a handle on your blood sugar level. Other possibilities include surgery, especially if there has been damage to your retinal blood vessels due to diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes can be managed effectively, and so can its effects. Please reach out to our office and let us schedule a convenient time for you to come in and be examined by our retina doctor in Stafford. Attentive care is closely linked to better outcomes.