Treatment Options for Naples Residents with Diabetic Retinopathy
If you have diabetes and experience vision problems, the odds are that you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy. This condition is caused when high blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the retina to either swell and leak or close up to prevent blood from passing through. The condition typically affects both eyes and can lead to vision loss if left untreated. Thankfully, there are measures that skilled medical professionals can take to either halt or slow the condition. Read on to get to know how Naples Eye Physicians can restore your eyesight so you can lead a happy, full life now and in the future.
Treatment Options for Diabetic Retinopathy
The first step is to schedule an appointment with our office. One of our trained ophthalmologists will go over your medical history and check your blood pressure and sugar levels. If you have difficulties controlling your blood sugar levels, we will address this issue first to ensure that any treatment administered is fully effective long-term. We offer the care and personalized advice you need to maintain healthy eating habits so your blood sugar levels stay even as you work, relax, and/or hang out with friends and family members.
Once your blood sugar levels are stable, the ophthalmologist handling your treatment will provide medical intervention to halt or at least slow your retinopathy. There are several treatment options available and the one recommended for you will depend on several factors, including the type of diabetes you have, your past medical history, your eye condition, etc. In some instances, injecting anti-VEGF medication or steroids into the eyes can reduce the swelling, slow vision loss, and even remedy existing vision problems. Those who have a serious condition will likely need either laser surgery or a vitrectomy. Laser surgery will seal off leaking blood vessels and reduce swelling while a vitrectomy will remove leaking blood vessels, vitreous gel, and/or scar tissue to improve your vision.
Visit a Naples, FL, Ophthalmologist Today
Diabetes will affect your eyesight even if you have a healthy diet and lifestyle. Don't wait until you suffer the debilitating symptoms of diabetic retinopathy to schedule an appointment with our Naples, FL, clinic. The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy aren't present in the early stages of this condition. Regular eye exams can help your doctor catch and deal with problems while they are still small. Naples Eye Physicians offers both regular eye exams and specialized treatment to keep your eyes working well, prevent serious problems, and deal with issues in a timely manner. Get in touch with us at your convenience to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced medical experts.