If you have diabetes, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. When this is the case, you he will want to make sure that you have periodic eye exams at our Eye Institute of Essex. We have several top-notch eye doctors on staff including Dr. Philip N. Eichler. When you want to have a complete eye exam or emergency eye care in 07109, do not hesitate to contact our office.
When a patient has diabetes, they run the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy which is actually a collective term for several different types of retinopathy. Patients with diabetes risk losing their vision since they have elevated levels of sugar in their bloodstream which can damage the retinal blood vessels. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-aged adults. It is important that patients have their eyes examined on a regular basis as recommended by our eye doctor to make sure that diabetic retinopathy is not occurring. Sometimes when a patient has diabetic retinopathy, they are not even aware of symptoms. If a patient has macular edema, the vision can become blurry and may fluctuate between blurred and clear. When abnormal blood vessels form, as is the case in proliferative diabetic retinopathy, they can bleed and cause the appearance of small specs or large floaters to obscure vision. If a large hemorrhage occurs, this can cause vision to become very blurred. Diabetic retinopathy can be easily diagnosed at our office during a regular eye exam, as part of our eye care in 07109. If diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed, our ophthalmologist may want to perform additional tests to determine the extent of the retinopathy. The best way to treat diabetic retinopathy is with prevention. Keeping your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible cans significantly reduce your risk of vision loss from this disease. Laser surgery can also be helpful in treating macular edema or proliferative retinopathy.
For an appointment for diabetic eye care in 07109, contact us today.