Do you have diabetes? If so, then you're at risk of having diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy causes retinal damage and can lead to vision loss if left untreated. If you have diabetes, you must schedule regular eye exams so you can be monitored for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy.
At Iconic Eyecare, our optometrist is here to provide you with the thorough eye exam you need to determine whether you have diabetic retinopathy. And if you have it, we'll recommend a suitable treatment. We serve the people of Surrey and the surrounding areas such as Grandview Heights, Sunnyside, White Rock, South Surrey, and Morgan Heights, BC.
How Does Diabetic Retinopathy Happen?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. It's caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high sugar levels in the blood over time. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. However, early detection and treatment can often prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly for signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
The most common signs of diabetic retinopathy are:
- Floaters (little dots, lines, or cobwebs that seem to float in the vision.)
- A sudden decrease in vision
- Flashes of light in the eye
- Loss of side vision or peripheral vision
- Eye pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol can also increase the risk for diabetic retinopathy by increasing blood pressure in the blood vessels in the retina. That's why it is important to control other conditions with medication and diet.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?
Sadly, this condition cannot be cured. If you are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, our eye doctor will talk to you about treatment options. During an eye exam for diabetic retinopathy, our optometrist will carefully check the retina for signs of bleeding or swelling caused by leaky blood vessels. If diabetic retinopathy is caught, laser treatment may be one of the options, depending on the severity. During the procedure, the eye doctor uses a special type of laser to slow or stop the growth of new abnormal blood vessels to prevent vision loss from bleeding and swelling at the back of the eye.
Injections can be another option for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Anti-VEGF injections contain a substance that helps reduce the growth of abnormal blood vessels. Your doctor will prescribe the most appropriate treatment for your condition to prevent further vision loss.
Visit Iconic Eyecare for Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis and Treatment
If you're at risk of diabetic retinopathy, the most important thing is to visit your eye doctor for regular screenings. Early detection allows our optometrist to effectively treat the condition before vision loss is allowed to occur. If you have diabetes, be sure to get regular eye exams at our optometry office in Surrey, BC. We also serve the residents of Grandview Heights, Sunnyside, White Rock, South Surrey, and Morgan Heights, BC. Call us today at (604) 385-6396 for more information or to book an appointment.