Diabetes is a chronic health condition that increases your risk of developing other health issues, including diabetic retinopathy. The experienced eye care team at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC specialize in the management of diabetic retinopathy and can provide you with the care you need for good eye health. If you have diabetes and live in the greater Philadelphia area, including Trappe, Blue Bell, North Wales, Hatboro, Bethlehem, and Levittown, Pennsylvania, or the counties of Montgomery, Bucks, or Northampton, schedule an appointment online or by phone today to protect your eye health.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in your eye leak blood or other fluid, leading to swelling and blurry vision. You may be at risk of diabetic retinopathy if you have chronic or poorly controlled blood sugars, which results in damage to the blood vessels that leads to the leaking.
Without proper treatment, diabetic retinopathy can lead to the blockage of blood vessels, development of scar tissue, and ultimately retinal detachment. Regular visits to the eye doctor can help ensure you get the care you need early to prevent permanent vision loss.
The team at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC includes a retina specialist who can provide the expert care you need.
If your blood sugars tend to run on the high side, then you want to be on the lookout for visual changes that may indicate diabetic retinopathy. Common symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing any of these vision changes, contact Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC to schedule an appointment with their retinal specialist.
Your eye care specialist at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC conducts a comprehensive eye exam to determine if your vision changes are due to diabetic retinopathy.
Your eye exam may include:
Your eye care specialist also assesses for vision loss by comparing your old eyewear prescription to your current vision needs. If necessary, your specialist may also perform retinal photography and fluorescein angiography to check the current status of your retina if a detachment has occurred.
The eye care specialists at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC provide laser treatment and vitrectomy to treat diabetic retinopathy. Also known as photocoagulation, your specialist uses the laser to stop blood and fluid leakage from the blood vessels in your retina and removes the fluid.
If you have a retinal detachment, or there is significant blockage within the center of your eye, your specialist at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC uses tools to remove the blood, vitreous gel, and scar tissue to improve eye health.
For expert care of your eyes and monitoring for diabetic retinopathy, call Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC or schedule an appointment online today.