Are you struggling with type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Have you noticed your vision starting to decline?
This could be the start of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that negatively impacts your vision.
Our doctors can expertly treat diabetic retinopathy. We have convenient locations in Troy, Celina, Bellefontaine, and Sidney, OH.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy? A Complication of Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that affects your eyesight and can lead to vision loss. The condition is more common in people who have had type 1 or type 2 diabetes for a long time.
The Causes Of Diabetic Retinopathy
Over time, high blood sugar can block the small blood vessels that lead to the retina, effectively cutting off the retina's blood supply. The eye attempts to create new blood vessels to replace the blocked ones. However, these new blood vessels are not formed properly and easily rupture and leak, causing impaired vision and vision loss.
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Our optometrist, Dr. Schemmel, is board certified by the Ohio State Optometric Board, meaning he has shown mastery in the field and continues to stay up-to-date on developments. Patients throughout Ohio come to our Sidney, Bellefontaine, Celina, and Troy offices for help managing and treating eye conditions.
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The Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy
People might not show any symptoms in the earliest stages of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetics should schedule yearly eye exams even if they have no change in their vision and their blood sugar levels are controlled.
The Treatments For Diabetic Retinopathy
Focal Laser Treatment (Photocoagulation)
Focal laser surgery slows the leakage by shrinking the abnormal blood vessels. This treatment can be completed in one session and can impede the progress of macular edema. Additional treatments will be needed to restore your vision.
Scatter Laser Treatment (Panretinal Photocoagulation)
This laser surgery shrinks the abnormal blood vessels through targeted laser burns, focusing on the periphery of the retina rather than the macula. It is effective in stopping leakage but usually takes two or more sessions to complete.
This procedure is recommended for those suffering from severe vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy. A surgeon will remove blood, fluid, and scar tissue from the gel in the center of your eye (vitreous). Over time, the eye's natural fluid will replace the blood that made your vision cloudy.
The Management Of Diabetic Retinopathy
Managing Your Blood Sugar
Managing your blood sugar levels and continuing medications as directed is a good way to maintain good ocular health and overall wellness.
Your doctor may recommend a healthy diet, daily exercise, quitting smoking, and other wellness plans to improve your health and manage your diabetes.
Monitor Vision Changes
Stay cognizant of any vision changes to help detect diabetic retinopathy in its earliest stages. Annual eye exams can help you get ahead of this condition and maintain your vision.
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