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Diabetic retinopathy is a degenerative eye condition, which affects patients with either Type I or Type II diabetes. Over several years, the strain from increased blood sugar levels impairs the blood vessels of the retina. As the blood vessels become weak, they begin leaking fluid and no longer nourish the retina. The retina, now "starving" for oxygen, may create new blood vessels to restore blood flow to the retina. Unfortunately, these new vessels ("neo-vascularization") are weak and faulty. They leak even more and tend to bleed into the eye, causing scarring and tremendous damage. Our goal is to prevent the vision loss and blindness which may occur.
It’s common for patients with early diabetic retinopathy to not have any symptoms until major bleeding occurs in the eye. By this time, the damage may be severe.
Prevent the damage, we monitor for diabetic retinopathy by examining diabetic patients EVERY year at Advanced Valley Eye Associates. In the case of diabetic eye disease, ... truly, prevention is the best route!
Once leaking vessels or new vessels are seen, there are many laser treatment options available. Most of these can be performed right in our office. Dr. Miller has been treating diabetics since 1983, and has decades of experience in working with diabetic retinal disease.
To learn more about diabetes, the symptoms and treatment options, please see our office on a regular, annual, basis.