Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes, so it's vital to get a diabetic eye exam if you're currently struggling with diabetes. An optometry specialist can help you find the eye care you need to prevent diabetic retinopathy. At Bay Optical, our eye doctor is here to help our clients! Read on below to see how we can help you improve your vision and prevent total vision loss if you have diabetes.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition characterized by damage to the blood vessels in the retina. This disease is caused by high sugar levels that damage the blood vessels in your eyes.
If not treated properly, this can cause blurry vision, floaters, and even total vision loss. There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: non-proliferative and proliferative.
- Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the first stage of eye damage from diabetes, and it’s typically characterized by swollen or blocked blood vessels in the retina.
- Proliferative diabetic retinopathy occurs when swollen blood vessels leak fluid and blood into the gel of your eye. This leakage can cause vision loss and even blindness if not treated quickly.
Diabetic Eye Exams at Bay Optical
At Bay Optical, our optometry specialist is here to help you find the right eye care needed to prevent diabetic retinopathy. We provide comprehensive eye exams that can diagnose and monitor this condition to ensure your vision is being taken care of.
Our eye doctor will also conduct a retinal exam, which allows them to detect any changes in the blood vessels around your eyes due to diabetes. They’ll also check for signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration, other common eye diseases associated with diabetes.
By working with our optometry specialist, you can ensure your vision is being taken care of, and any sign of diabetic retinopathy will be diagnosed and treated before it leads to total vision loss.
If you’re currently struggling with diabetes or have been diagnosed, it's vital to schedule a diabetic eye exam as soon as possible.
How Can Our Optometrist Treat Diabetic Retinopathy?
If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, our optometry specialist can recommend lifestyle changes to help slow down the progression of the disease. These changes may include eating a healthier diet, exercising more often, monitoring your blood sugar levels and medications, and quitting smoking if you’re a smoker.
Our optometry specialist may recommend laser therapy if these lifestyle changes don’t help slow the progression. This procedure involves using a laser to seal off any leaking blood vessels and reduce inflammation in the retina.
Call Us Today to Schedule an Eye Exam
At Bay Optical, our eye doctor is here to help protect your vision if you’re currently struggling with diabetes. Whether you need a diabetic eye exam or laser therapy for diabetic retinopathy, we’re here to help.