Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop eye problems including retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and double vision. In addition to monitoring and controlling their blood sugar levels under the care of their primary care physician, it is essential that people with diabetes visit their ophthalmologist at The Retina Group of Washington for diabetic eye testing and Greenbelt eye care.
Diabetics can significantly reduce eye complications with annual eye exams to evaluate and monitor their retinal health. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. While diabetes can cause cataracts and glaucoma, it can also affect the blood circulation to your eye and can cause retinopathy. Often, one may not be aware of any symptoms even when significant diabetic retinopathy is present, so it is important to visit our ophthalmologist as an eye exam is the only means of detecting diabetic retinopathy. If we suspect you have diabetic retinopathy, our optometry office will perform comprehensive Greenbelt eye care that includes a visual acuity test, pupil dilation, and careful examination of your retina. After the pupil is dilated, a device is used to view the retina and determine the extent of the retinopathy.
Your eye doctor may administer a fluorescein dye test, where an injection of dye into a vein in the arm is followed by several minutes of retinal photos being taken. This creates a detailed cross-sectional image of the eye, allowing us to better determine the extent of your retinopathy. However, the best therapy for diabetic retinopathy, as with most optical ailments, is prevention. Studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can significantly lower the risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Laser surgery is often the first line of treatment if macular edema or proliferative retinopathy is present. The primary goal of this treatment is to prevent further vision loss, but it is not a cure. Other, less invasive treatments include medications.
If you are experiencing blurred vision to any extent, or notice small specks or large floaters obscuring your vision, especially if you are diabetic, is it vital to your optical and overall health that you contact our ophthalmologist for comprehensive diabetic eye exams and Greenbelt eye care. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, but it can easily be prevented by calling and scheduling an appointment at The Retina Group of Washington today.
7501 Greenway Ctr Dr, Suite 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770