Dealing with the Effects of Diabetic Retinopathy

People with diabetes are well aware of the effects the condition can have on the body. Uncontrolled diabetes can wreak havoc on almost all systems in the body – including the eyes.

One of the most common conditions that can develop is called diabetic retinopathy – damage to the blood vessels in the eye’s retina due to high blood sugar levels. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Sterling our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, helping patients to preserve good eyesight and effectively manage the condition.

The retina, a small patch of tissue that lines the back of the eye, is responsible for turning light into signals for the brain. In short, the retina is an essential part of vision. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, the tiny blood vessels on the retina begin to swell and leak fluid and blood. This fluid leaks into the eye cavity, obscuring vision. Eventually, new abnormal blood vessels begin to grow on the retina. These new blood vessels are fragile and leak easily, compounding the issue.

Diabetic retinopathy: possible warning signs
• Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters)
• Blurred vision.
• Fluctuating vision.
• Impaired color vision.
• Dark or empty areas in your vision.
• Vision loss.

Treatments for diabetic retinopathy vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the condition, but usually include a combination of medications, injectable medicines and laser surgery. In addition to these treatments, diabetic patients are encouraged to get their blood sugar under control. Treatments can only go so far if the root problem is not being addressed.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Sterling, our diabetic eye disease experts are here to help you maintain the best vision possible. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.