Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetic complication that refers to the damage diabetes can inflict on your retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. Our eye care professionals at Dr. Rigney Eye Care and Eyewear can help those who live or work in and around the Owasso, OK area, manage and control the underlying condition and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common issue for diabetics. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of new cases of adult blindness.
Individuals with diabetes need regular eye exams from eye doctor or optometrist to detect diabetic retinopathy in its early stages. Early detection and management of this diabetic eye condition can significantly lessen the risk of vision loss.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetes, when unknown or untreated, might lead to elevated blood sugars that can damage the retina's blood vessels. At first, you may notice blurry vision. However, if untreated or diagnosed in late stages, the condition may progress to vision loss.
Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms
Here are some of the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it can be important that you get eye care treatment in a timely manner. Even if you do not have diabetic retinopathy, these symptoms can indicate other eye problems and getting eye care for them would also be important.
- Fluctuating or blurry vision
- Floaters, which refer to strings/dark spots that may appear in your vision
- Poor night/impaired color vision
- Dark/empty areas in your field of vision
The various treatment options available from an eye doctor for diabetic retinopathy depend on the stage and severity of the condition. The first way to help treat diabetic retinopathy is to prevent it in the first place. You can do this by treating the underlying condition, diabetes. By getting your blood sugar levels under control, you can better prevent the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and prevent it from occurring in the first place. There are other ways to get treatment, including injections and surgery, but it is better to the best you can to prevent it in the first place.
Get Eye Care from Our Optometrist, Dr. Jay Rigney, on Our Optometry Team in Owasso, OK
We at Dr. Rigney Eye Care and Eyewear in Owasso, OK, offer various techniques for early detection and well-timed treatment. This can be important so that you have the best chance to preserve your vision and avoid further complications. Call Dr. Rigney or a member of his optometrist staff at (918) 272-3937 for information about diabetic eye conditions.