Diabetes can cause you to experience vision loss, damage to your retinal blood vessels, and even complete blindness. This is due to the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. Both type one and type two diabetes can lead to this condition. Fortunately, at The Retina Group of Washington, our eye specialist in Edgewater is an expert in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of it.
Early detection is vital in promoting the most favorable outcome for diabetic retinopathy. If you think that you can just wait until symptoms appear and then come in, however, it is important for you to be aware that this eye disease forms and progresses through its early stages, without revealing any obvious signs for you to notice. If you wait until you observe symptoms, it is probably too late to prevent some degree of vision loss or harm to your eyes. Our eye specialist in Edgewater recommends that as a diabetic, you come in for a yearly eye examination. In addition to a thorough check up, our office has special, state-of-the-art equipment designed to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. That is because our expertise is in the management of retinal conditions specifically. The tests done might reveal blood leaking into your eye from blood vessel damage, something which needs to be dealt with promptly. Treatment can range from simple measures to control your blood sugar, in conjunction with your primary care doctor, to laser treatments to repair the effected blood vessels. If you do notice any of the following symptoms, be sure to consult with our eye specialist in Edgewater as soon as possible: blurry vision, problems perceiving colors, floaters (spots in your field of vision), and any vision loss at all.
Contact us to set up an appointment. Your eyes are way too important not to give them the attention they need when the complications of diabetes are part of the picture.