If you have diabetes, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye disease that develops when a patient has consistently elevated high levels of sugar in their bloodstream. At the Eye Institute of Essex, patients with diabetic retinopathy, or at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, can receive excellent eye care Belleville NJ.
When you come to our vision practice for eye care Belleville NJ, you will be seen by one of our expert doctors, just one of whom is Dr. Philip N. Eichler. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye disease that can be found during a complete eye exam when the back of the eye is examined during eye dilation. The sugar in your blood stream can cause damage to the blood vessels that surrounded and nourish the retina. When the blood vessels are affected by high sugar levels, it is considered to be diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a collective term used for several different types of this eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged adults. The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can be practically nonexistent or extreme. When a patient develops macula edema, their vision can become blurred and may fluctuate between clear and blurry. If a patient has proliferative diabetic retinopathy, they may begin to see small specks or large floaters obscuring their vision, which is caused by the blood vessels bleeding. If the patient suffers a large hemorrhage in their eye, their vision can become extremely blurred. If diabetic retinopathy is found, advanced eye tests may need to be run so our eye doctor can come up with a thorough diagnosis. Strict control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower your risk of developing vision problems from diabetic retinopathy. Laser surgery is an effective treatment in early stages of diabetic retinopathy.
For an appointment to meet with our eye doctor for complete eye care Belleville NJ, contact us today.