If you have diabetes, you want to have periodic eye exams to make sure you are not developing diabetic retinopathy. At our vision practice, General Vision Express/Lens Lab, our eye doctor can test whether or not you are developing any signs of Brooklyn NY diabetic retinopathy, or other vision problems.
If you have diabetes, you run the risk of developing Brooklyn NY diabetic retinopathy. This is actually a collective term for several different types of vision problems all which affect the blood vessels which surrounded and nourish the retina. If you have high levels of sugar in your bloodstream over an extended period of time, it can cause you to develop diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that can lead to a patient having poor vision, or even develop blindness. It is a condition that tends to get worse over the years. It is important that your eyes are periodically screened for this vision problem, so that preventive measures can be taken. In order to check for any signs of diabetic retinopathy, you will need to have a dilated eye exam at our office. The retina resides at the back of the eye, so your eye will need to be dilated in order for our doctor to have a clear view of the retina. In diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels that surround the retina can begin to leak fluid or blood into the eye. This can cause scarring of the eye, and also vision blurriness. The most common type of retinopathy is non-proliferative retinopathy. This can cause blurred vision, but frequently shows no symptoms until later stages. In other types of diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels can begin to multiply and actually grow over the retina. These blood vessels are extremely thin and weak, and will ultimately leak fluid into the eye. Advanced symptoms can include pain in the eye, blurred vision, or an increase in the number of floaters. Treatment options can include medicine, laser treatment, or surgery.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor regarding Brooklyn NY diabetic retinopathy, contact us today.