Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Services from Your Eye Doctor in Dallas, TX

One of the disorders for which diabetic patients are particularly at risk is diabetic retinopathy.  Our eye doctor notes that the longer an individual has diabetes, the greater the odds that this condition will arise and affect vision.  Regular eye exams at Optique Inc in Dallas are crucial for achieving an early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment.

 Diabetic Retinopathy

Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics can develop diabetic retinopathy.  Unfortunately, many patients do not notice symptoms until the disorder is severe.  According to our optometrists, if diabetes remains uncontrolled, it can eventually cause damage to blood vessels in the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy develops as the result of swelling in the eye caused by leakage of blood and other fluids.  Patients can develop blurred or cloudy vision, typically in both eyes.  Blindness could result without proper treatment.

Many of our patients notice no symptoms during the early phase of this disorder.  Symptoms that most frequently occur over time include:

  • Seeing specks, spots, or floaters
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble seeing after dark
  • Inability to perceive colors
  • Noticing holes or black spots in the visual field

Treatment Options

The initial action required for appropriate diabetic retinopathy treatment is getting an accurate diagnosis during a comprehensive eye exam performed by our eye doctor.  Controlling the patient’s blood sugar levels to either slow the onset of retinopathy or retard its progression is an important element of a patient’s treatment plan.

At the initial exam, our doctor reviews the individual’s medical history measures internal eye pressure and evaluates visual acuity.  Several tests are helpful for assessing the condition of the retina and additional structures in both eyes and for spotting leaky blood vessels and any damaged nerve tissue.

Our practice carefully monitors patients with early-stage retinopathy through regular exams and refractions to correct their sight.  We also encourage proactive patient self-care through blood pressure checks and using any prescribed medication as directed.

The severity of retinopathy determines the best therapy to halt or slow the progression of the disorder.  Our practice manages retinopathy with medication and lifestyle adjustments.  We also provide referrals for photocoagulation, vitrectomy, and laser surgery. 

Schedule a Vision Exam with Our Dallas Optometrist

Optique Inc is equipped with the finest optometric technology.  Our mission is excellence in eye care.  We are a full-service optometric provider offering everything from the most current fashion and designer eyewear to providing care for common optical disorders.  Your sight is a precious asset.  Be sure to call us today at 214-252-1800 to schedule an appointment with our Optique optometrist and take the first step to protect your vision.