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Diabetic Retinopathy

Many are not aware that diabetes can permanently damage their vision. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics can develop diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetes, regular examinations from an ophthalmology professional are essential to preserving your vision. At Naples Eye Physicians, we have years of experience providing our patients with reliable diabetic eye care. This includes identifying and addressing diabetic retinopathy.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Overview

When diabetes remains uncontrolled over time, diabetic retinopathy is a potential result. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels become clogged and leak blood due to elevated blood sugar levels. It typically affects both eyes and can destroy the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye.  Blindness is a potential outcome.

The longer you have had diabetes, the higher your chances are of developing diabetic retinopathy. Early-stage patients might not perceive any symptoms.  As time passes, symptoms become more apparent. Common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • • Trouble seeing after dark
  • • Blurry vision
  • • Holes or dark spots in the field of vision
  • • Difficulty interpreting colors
  • • A growing number of floaters or spots

Ophthalmology Treatments

Diagnosis occurs following a comprehensive exam by our eye doctor. The treatment objective of our ophthalmology practice for diabetic retinopathy is stopping or at least slowing its progression. Getting the patient’s blood sugar and blood pressure levels under control is extremely important. The most appropriate treatment option for an individual’s retinopathy depends on the severity of the patient’s disease.

Some vision might return with good blood sugar control. Following a recommended diet and taking prescribed medication can go a long way towards controlling your blood sugar levels. Controlling your blood pressure will help keep the blood vessels in your eyes healthy. Some patients benefit from injected anti-VEGF medications such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea. This type of medication helps reduce swelling of the macula. Lager surgery is another option, which will seal off leaking blood vessels and halt additional growth.  Our ophthalmologist will evaluate your condition to determine what treatment option is best for you.

Ophthalmologist in Naples

At Naples Eye Physicians, we have years of experience providing Naples, FL residents with reliable diabetic eye care. We will assess your eyes to determine whether or not you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy and provide treatment accordingly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (239) 262-6288.