Diabetic Retinopathy 101: Causes & Symptoms

Diabetes is a common health problem that can lead to many complications for people afflicted with it—including diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy 101: Causes & Symptoms

One of the hallmark issues for a person with diabetes is they have a hard time controlling the amount of sugar in their blood. Sugar, which is known to have an inflammatory effect on the body, can lead to damage and leaking of the small blood vessels located behind the retinas (thin tissues in your eyes, in the back, which collects and converts visual information so that it can be sent to the brain (via the optic nerve) for processing. Over time, diabetic retinopathy can cause new abnormal blood vessels to grow behind the retina, leading to scar tissue and further retinal damage.

Unfortunately, retinal damage can occur for a while before any symptoms develop. When symptoms do present, they often include blurry vision and “floaters” in the line of sight.

Treatment Options for People with Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Brian Cohen has been a leading doctor of optometry serving the Yardley community and surrounding Pennsylvania communities since 1997. In that time, he’s met thousands of individuals living with diabetes and related eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy.

If you or a loved one has diabetic retinopathy, then consider consulting with our optometrist. After providing an accurate diagnosis (which includes visual acuity testing and a dilated eye exam), he can offer you a customized treatment plan to meet your current and future vision needs.

Common treatments for diabetic retinopathy offered at our optometry clinic include vision correction and low vision tools. Including eyeglasses and magnifying devices. We can also work closely with your primary care physician to ensure you’re managing your diabetes well, since this will significantly impact the progression of your diabetic retinopathy.

Protect Your Eyesight with Help From Our Yardley Eye Doctor!

At Yardley Eye Care, we consider it to help you and your loved ones achieve better eyesight no matter what type of health condition you may be facing. If you have diabetes, don’t wait until you notice an issue with your eyesight before coming in to see us. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! Our phone number is 215-369-3937. We look forward to serving you!

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