Diabetes can have dangerous effects on our eyes, including vision loss and even blindness. Here at General Vision Express/Lens Lab, our eye doctor can help you to avoid the worst consequences of diabetic retinopathy, the disease that can develop when you have either type one or type two diabetes.
As with other eye diseases, there are no noticeable signs that will alert you to the presence of diabetic retinopathy during its early stages. By the time you realize that there is a problem, it is typically because you are experiencing blurry vision, difficulties perceiving colors, floaters (spots in your field of vision), and vision loss to any degree. Our Bushwick eye care office does not ever want it to get that far. Early detection means fewer complications and better odds for successful treatment. We recommend that you come in once per year for an eye exam, in which various tests will be conducted to either make certain that you don’t have diabetic retinopathy, or to get out ahead of it if you do. Part of the testing concerns looking for leaking blood vessels, a sure sign that the disease has formed and is progressing. Treatment can vary for diabetic retinopathy, but the most important thing is to get your blood sugar under control. Work closely with our eye doctor as well as your primary doctor in order to maximize the effectiveness of dietary changes, medications, and lifestyle changes. For more advanced cases, more direct treatments such as laser therapy may be needed. It is the goal of our Bushwick eye care office to assist in stabilizing your blood sugar and making certain that you don’t lose any vision or sustain any damage to your eyes if at all possible.
Schedule an appointment to take advantage of what our Bushwick eye care office can offer when it comes to the management of diabetes and how it impacts your eyes.