Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetic eye complication in which chronically elevated blood sugar causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the main sensory tissue of the eye. We diagnose diabetic retinopathy using specialized diagnostic equipment as part of a detailed diabetic eye examination. We recommend a yearly diabetic eye exam for all patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

In the beginning you may not have any symptoms. Some early symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include blurriness, floaters, dark areas of vision, visual distortion and difficulty perceiving colors. The creation of new and abnormal blood vessels is also common, which can cause bleeding and swelling in the back of the eye. In the most severe cases, blindness can occur.

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

If you are diabetic, you can help prevent diabetic retinopathy by adhering to your diabetic medications, following a diabetes-friendly diet, and carefully monitoring your daily blood glucose. We typically observe mild cases. More advanced retinopathy cases may require laser treatment, injections, or surgery. Surgical options include laser photocoagulation and a surgical vitrectomy.

We welcome new patients and would be delighted to take care of your vision needs. Call 954.342.6399 or use our Request an appointment form. Our eye clinic cares for people of all ages from Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura, Pembroke Pines, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour and surrounding communities.


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