At Iconic eyecare in BC, we treat several eye conditions and diseases. One of the most common is diabetic retinopathy. The increasing cases have led to a lot of questions about the condition. Our offices are located in several locations throughout BC, including South Surrey, Morgan Heights, Grandview Heights, Sunnyside, and White Rock. All of our sites are trained to handle diabetic retinopathy. Learn more about the condition below.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition caused by diabetes resulting in vision loss. The inability to control blood sugar can cause damage to the eyes. The blood vessels in the retinas become leaky or damaged. In addition, sugar has an inflammatory effect on the eyes, and it can lead to damage and scarring of the retinas.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is dangerous since it does not have any initial symptoms. As it progresses, common symptoms include blurry vision, floaters, dark areas of vision, and loss of color perception. Routine exams are critical for detecting and treating the condition immediately. We will be able to diagnose you at our office.
What Treatment Options are Available?
The treatment plan will depend on the severity of your condition. A minor condition can be controlled through regular monitoring, diet, and exercise. However, more advanced cases may require laser procedures from an optometrist or eye doctor.
Another treatment option includes a Vitrectomy. This is a surgical procedure to remove the blood from the eyes. We can eliminate any scar tissue on the retinas that may be causing vision issues. Medical injections are also available to prevent the growth of new blood vessels. There are no quick treatment plans, but we can help prevent worsening conditions.
What are Risk Factors for Diabetic Retinopathy?
Other risk factors for the condition include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, pregnancy, smoking, and being of African American, Hispanic, or Native American descent. Uncontrolled diabetes is one of the most common risk factors. Maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle is vital for preventing the disease.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor for Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy can be managed with treatment. At Iconic Eyecare, we provide comprehensive eye care services for many conditions including diabetic retinopathy. Early detection and diagnosis are critical for effective treatment. Call us today at (604) 385-6396 for more information on diabetic retinopathy or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.