Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects the small blood vessels in the back of they eye, the retina. Anyone with Type I (juvenile) or Type II (adult onset) diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy if blood sugar levels are not well controlled. Risk of developing diabetic retinopathy also increases with the number of years since diagnosis. Anyone who has been diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes should have an annual eye exam with dilation, even if well controlled, to ensure no retinal changes.
Leading Cause of Blindness
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new onset blindness in the United States and can progress quickly if not treated in a timely and appropriate fashion. Increased blood glucose levels cause damage to the small blood vessels in the back of the eye, causing them to leak. This can lead to fluid developing under the macula or cause new blood vessels to grow where they should not causing permanent vision loss. Fluctuations in blood sugar may also cause the lens in the eye to swell, changing your glasses prescription. If you are diabetic and have new onset blurry vision you should schedule and eye health exam to determine the cause.
At EyeTech Optometry, in Frisco Colorado, we have the latest technology for visual fields, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and wide field retinal imaging to accurately diagnosis, treat and monitor Diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Our doctors can treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diagnosis and Referral
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.