Diabetes can lead to a variety of health complications, including diabetic eye diseases. In fact, around a third of diabetics of the age of 40 show some signs of diabetic eye disease. Louis Martin, OD, and the team at Eyes On Henry, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, offer expert diagnosis and treatment for diabetic eye disease to protect your vision. If you have diabetes, call Eyes On Henry or schedule an eye exam online today.
Diabetes contributes to a wide range of eye diseases, including retinopathy, macular edema, and glaucoma.
When your blood sugar levels are elevated for a long time, it damages your blood vessels. In your eyes, you may develop abnormal blood vessels, or your existing blood vessels begin to leak blood or lipid material into your eye.
This extra fluid can damage your retina, including your macula, or increase the pressure in your eye and contribute to glaucoma. Diabetes also increases your risk of cataracts, an age-related condition that causes the lenses in your eyes to become cloudy.
You may or may not have any symptoms of diabetic eye disease. For example, glaucoma doesn’t often cause noticeable symptoms. However, other diabetic eye conditions may cause:
If you notice any of these symptoms or if your vision seems to change from day to day, call Eyes On Henry for an exam right away.
The team at Eyes On Henry look for signs of eye disease during a comprehensive eye exam. For example, they look at your retina and macula in detail and may dilate your pupils for a clear view.
They also test the pressure in your eye with tonometry. These exams are critical to diagnosing and managing diabetic eye problems to preserve your vision.
The team offers customized treatments depending on the type of diabetic eye disease and your symptoms.
For example, they may prescribe eye drops or anti-VEGF medicine to stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels and to reduce the pressure in your eye. You may also benefit from laser treatments to treat leaky blood vessels or to remove some of the vitreous gel in your eyes.
The severity of diabetic eye disease determines the course of treatment. Mild and moderate changes may require more frequent monitoring of your retinal eye health. If changes are more severe, you may need a referral to a retinal specialist.
If you have diabetes, even if your disease is under control, you should have an annual eye exam so the team at Eyes On Henry can assess your eye health and offer prompt treatment to preserve your vision when needed.
Call the practice or make an appointment online today for personalized management of diabetic eye issues.