Avoiding Vision Problems For The Diabetic

Studies show that about a quarter of diabetics suffer from some stage of diabetic retinopathy and a smaller fraction of that population suffers from a more severe form of the disease. This makes Diabetic retinopathy a leading cause of blindness, but it doesn’t have to be. A frequent checkup at Physicians Eye Clinic of Laredo can help to prevent blindness associated with the disease.

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy & What Causes This Condition?

Diabetic retinopathy is a term that describes changes to the blood vessels behind the eye changing. It could be due to hemorrhage, abnormal growth, or a weakening of the vessels. Due to higher sugar levels the blood vessels in your eyes can swell or weaken. The result is the risk of a loss of vision. Symptoms include…

  • Floaters
  • Blurry vision
  • Vision that changes from clear to blurry
  • Dark or black areas in your field of vision
  • Poor vision at night
  • Colors that appear washed out or faded

Treatment

Treatments can vary from a focal laser treatment, surgery, or medicine injections. It’s important to know that treatment can vary depending on the stage of diabetic retinopathy. Call Physicians Eye Clinic of Laredo to schedule an appointment and have Dr. McNutt assess and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

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