Diabetic Eye Exam and Treatment Services at Naples Eye Physicians
Diabetes is one of those "silent" diseases that may wreak physical havoc for years before it produces obvious symptoms -- and unfortunately, the eyes are a frequent casualty. Excess blood sugar can do permanent damage to your retinas, eventually stealing your vision away unless you take the proper steps to recognize and fight it. Here at Naples eye Physicians, we can administer a diabetic eye exam and recommend treatment options to help you help your eyes.
Understanding Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas can't produce enough insulin to process the sugars in your bloodstream. One of the common symptoms of high blood sugar levels is vascular damage, starting with the smallest and most delicate blood vessels. The eye is filled with such fragile blood vessels, which perform the vital task of nourishing the retinas and other structures. As these blood vessels sustain damage, so does the rest of the eye -- and this damage cannot be reversed.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common form taken by diabetic eye disease. As damaged blood vessels begin to leak blood into the eye, structures such as the macula (which collects the images for your central visual field) begin to swell and malfunction. This may leave you with:
- Blank or distorted spots in your vision
- Poor color or night vision
- Blurred vision
- Frequent floaters which interfere with clear eyesight
The eye's efforts to compensate for the blood vessel failure can actually make things even worse. New blood vessels quickly proliferate to restore blood flow, but these vessels tend to be even more fragile than the ones they're replacing, adding to the bleeding instead of reducing it.
Diagnosing and Treating Your Diabetes-Related Eye Issues
If you know you have diabetes, you need a diabetic eye doctor who understands the condition and can keep your eyes in optimal shape. Either doctor on our team can monitor the changes in your eyes and alert you to the need for treatment. Even if you've never been diagnosed with diabetes, a diabetic eye exam could provide you with your first warning that you have this condition. Either way, we will urgently recommend that you get that underlying condition under control first and foremost.
Meanwhile, you can rely on our skilled physicians to treat problems occurring in your diabetic eyes. Injectable medications can often halt blood vessel proliferation, while laser surgery can seal off chronically leaky blood vessels. You might even benefit from a vitrectomy, in which the blood-tainted gelatinous interior of the eye is replaced by sterile saline.
Need a Diabetic Eye Doctor in Naples, FL? Call Us!
If you're in need of an experienced diabetic eye doctor in Naples FL, or you just want to make sure you're watching out for this serious threat to your ocular health, then it's time to schedule a diabetic eye exam at Naples Eye Physicians. Call 239-262-6288 today for an appointment!