If you have diabetes, you probably already know the importance of having periodic eye exams. At The Retina Group of Washington, we provide expert diabetic eye care including treatment of diabetic retinopathy at our ophthalmology office in Ashburn.
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic retinopathy is actually a collective term for several different types of eye diseases that cause damage to the blood vessels of the retina. Sometimes when patients have diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels near the retina will begin to swell and leak fluid. In other types of diabetic retinopathy, abnormal new blood vessels begin to grow on the surface of the retina. These blood vessels can lead to bleeding and retinal detachment. If your retina is not healthy, it is impossible to have good vision. When a patient has diabetic retinopathy, they may first begin to notice changes to their vision. However, over time, this condition will become worse and vision loss can occur. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes at the same time. Prompt diagnosis during a comprehensive eye exam, and treatment, can help to minimize any vision loss from occurring. At our ophthalmology office in Ashburn, our optometrist will be able to clearly view your retina and determine whether or not you are developing any signs of diabetic retinopathy. In the early stages of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, small areas of the blood vessels surrounding your retina can develop balloon-like areas of dilation. Small spot hemorrhages can develop. Many times when patients are at this stage of development of diabetic retinopathy they will not notice any changes to their vision. As the disease advances, more of these tiny hemorrhages will develop and there will be more damage to the retinal blood vessels. Reduced blood flow to the surrounding retinal tissues can lead to vision loss. If you have diabetes, it is important that you contact our office for a periodic eye exam as recommended by our ophthalmologist.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor at our ophthalmology office in Ashburn, contact us today.