Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Services from Your Optometrist in Dallas, TX

Regular monitoring by an eye doctor is particularly important for patients with diabetes.  This is due to the possible development of diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that sometimes has no apparent symptoms until it is advanced.  Our optometrist stresses that the best way to get a timely diagnosis is scheduling regular eye exams at our Optique Inc. practice in Dallas.

Diabetic Retinopathy Services from Your Optometrist in Dallas, TX

Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disorder involving damage to blood vessels in the retina.  It occurs when diabetes is uncontrolled over a prolonged period.  This causes leakage of blood and additional fluids from these vessels.  The result is swelling in the retina, typically in both eyes, which clouds or blurs vision.  This disorder strikes both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.  

The longer an individual has diabetes, the greater the likelihood that retinopathy will develop.  Patients with early retinopathy typically notice no signs of the disease.  However, these common symptoms can develop as the disorder advances:

    • Blurry vision
    • Black spots or holes in a visual field
    • Trouble seeing after dark
    • Presence of floaters or spots
    • Inability to perceive colors

If a patient affected by this condition does not receive treatment, blindness might result. 

Treatment Options

Regulating an individual’s blood sugar levels provides better control of diabetes and can slow both the onset of diabetic retinopathy and the rate at which it progresses.  The most appropriate course of treatment depends on how severe retinopathy is for an individual.  However, the objective of a treatment plan is always stopping or at least slowing the progression of this condition.  A comprehensive vision exam from our eye doctor is necessary for a correct diagnosis.

This exam includes reviewing the patient’s health history, refracting both eyes, and taking measurements of visual acuity.  Our optometrist measures internal pressure and assesses structures within each eye.

In the early stages of retinopathy, regular visual monitoring with any necessary eyewear prescription changes might be sufficient.  Patients can help themselves by carefully following instructions for taking medications to control blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure.

One option for more advanced retinopathy is photocoagulation, a laser therapy that uses small burns in sections of the retina to halt fluid leakage.  Laser burns scattered across the retina can destroy abnormal vessels that are widespread.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Dallas Eye Doctor

Vision is priceless.  Help protect yours with regular eye exams from our Dallas eye doctor.  Our Optique Inc. practice is an optical clinic and boutique offering a full range of optometric services, including state-of-the-art technology and the latest eyewear.  Be sure to call us today at (214) 252-1800 to schedule your next vision exam.