Manassas, Warrenton, Gainesville and Fairfax, VA Patients Contact Dominion Eye Care Ophthalmologists at 703-361-3128 for Treatment and Solutions for Diabetic Retinopathy
When it comes to Diabetic Retinopathy help in Manassas, Warrenton, Fairfax and Gainesville, VA patients call on the ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care. Our eye doctors have years of experience helping patients suffering from diabetes overcome a related eye condition called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is when blood sugar levels get so high that the eye blood vessels bleed, which can cause damage to the retina. The longer the person has diabetes, chances they will get diabetic retinopathy increase. Diabetic retinopathy accounts for 12 percent of all blindness and it is the leading cause of blindness in patients 20-64 years of age.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
The eye doctors at Dominion Eye Care in Manassas and Warrenton, VA can quickly identify diabetic retinopathy in those suffering with diabetes through an eye exam. However, diabetics may find it difficult to identify the condition themselves, at least in the initial stages, primarily because there are no or limited initial signs. More advanced symptoms include:
- Leaking blood vessels
- Retinal swelling, such as macular edema
- Pale, fatty deposits on the retina (exudates) – signs of leaking blood vessels
- Damaged nerve tissue (neuropathy) and
- Changes in the blood vessels
Tests Identifying Diabetic Retinopathy
If you have diabetes, please make sure to inform your eye care specialist so you can be checked for diabetic retinopathy. Several tests are used for diagnosis including: a visual acuity test, pupil dilation, examination of the retina called ophthalmoscopy (looking through a scope called fundus photography), fundus fluorescein angiography (a dye test for straining and leaking), and a optical coherence tomography test, which is optical imaging similar to ultrasound and produces cross sections of the retina.
Treatments for Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy
Dominion Eye Care in VA provides various treatments for patients suffering with diabetic retinopathy. The most important thing to remember is to get help and seek treatment before the disease advances and destroys the retina. Depending on the severity or progression of the disease, our ophthalmologists will employ any number of treatments including: laser surgery, injection of corticosteroids or anti-VEGF agents into the eye, and vitrectomy. Once you have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, it will not go away but the progression can be stopped or slowed down.
If you have Diabetes, you are at risk for Diabetic Retinopathy. Call Dominion Eye Care ophthalmologists in Manassas, VA and Warrenton, VA for more information today.
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