Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that can form and progress in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It can lead to serious consequences, including vision loss and rupturing of retinal blood vessels. It’s all due to the uncontrolled blood sugar levels that are the mark of diabetes. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, we are specialists in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, and we want you to be informed about its advancement and its implications.
There are no early warning symptoms, so it is highly recommended that you come in for a yearly screening at our ophthalmology office in Ashburn. Depending on the severity of your diabetes, our eye doctor may ask you to come in more frequently than that. By the time symptoms become apparent, it is typically a sign that diabetic retinopathy is in its later stages. The most common indications are blurry central vision and vision loss of any degree, which can range all the way up to blindness. Bleeding in the eyes is, needless to say, the most serious symptom of all. It is our goal to catch the disease before it ever gets to that point. The earlier the detection, the more likely that treatment will prove successful. There are four stages of the disease and they are mild nonproliferative, moderate nonproliferative, severe nonproliferative, and proliferative. Those are clinical terms, but what is most important to know is that our ophthalmology office in Ashburn uses state-of-the-art diagnostics as part of your examination. Medication, laser treatment and traditional surgery are among the treatment options, and a surgical option is definitely needed for any broken blood vessels or bleeding.
By staying on top of your eye health, you can avoid the worst consequences of diabetic retinopathy. Contact us now to schedule an appointment at our ophthalmology office in Ashburn.