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Diabetic Retinopathy

Learn more about diabetic retinopathy symptoms and treatment in Newport Beach, CA.

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Diabetes may be a familiar word, but its potential impact on your eyes may not be. Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss, often develops silently, highlighting the importance of awareness and proactive measures.

Imagine vibrant colors and crisp details fading away. That’s the potential reality for millions with diabetes who develop retinopathy. But here’s the good news: early detection and proper management can significantly decrease the risk of vision loss.

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, are living with diabetes long-term, or simply want to protect your precious sight, understanding diabetic retinopathy is crucial. Contact us to schedule a consultation if you have any concerns or would like to learn more.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss in people with diabetes, is a complex condition affecting the blood vessels in the light-sensitive retina at the back of your eye. When high blood sugar levels damage these delicate vessels, they can leak, swell, or even close completely, leading to vision problems.

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy. Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), the early stage, is characterized by mild leakage and swelling. As well as proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), the advanced stage, with abnormal blood vessel growth and increased risk of vision loss.

How treatment works

There are two critical interventions for diabetic retinopathy: laser surgery and vitrectomy. Laser surgery can seal leaks and prevent further damage when blood vessels bleed or grow abnormally. This minimally invasive procedure helps halt vision loss and maintain your eyesight. If bleeding fills the vitreous gel inside your eye, a procedure called vitrectomy replaces the blood with a clear solution. This restores clarity and improves your vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two main types: Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy and proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

Early stages often have no symptoms. Later stages may cause blurred vision, spots or floaters in your vision, difficulty seeing at night, and vision loss.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. It’s crucial to have regular eye exams to detect it early, even if you have no symptoms.

Manage your diabetes well, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and get regular eye exams.

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