Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a chronic eye disease that results from damaging effects of high blood sugar on the delicate blood vessels within the retina. It is the leading cause of blindness in patients aged 20-64 years in the United States.

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Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include longer duration of diabetes, poorly controlled blood sugar, and high blood pressure. Common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are blurry vision, distortion, and floaters. This condition can be present without symptoms for many years however, so diabetic patients should have annual screening examinations for early diagnosis and treatment.

Retina Care Consultants, P.A., is specialized in managing diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetes, consider having a dilated eye examination with an ophthalmologist. This exam may involve photographs or other specialized imaging tests of the retina. There are effective treatments for most forms of diabetic retinopathy, so don’t delay your appointment if you are experiencing changes in your vision.

Read more about theĀ New Treatments for Vision Loss in Diabetes here.

For more information regarding diabetic retinopathy, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology patient information website: http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/3/diabetic-retinopathy or click on links to articles written by Dr. Shane above.

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