Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an ocular manifestation of diabetes, a systemic disease, which affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances are of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Despite these intimidating statistics, research indicates that at least 90 percent of new cases could be reduced. Education on diabetic eye disease and retinopathy is especially important because it is often preventable or treatable. Unfortunately, this means it can go unnoticed in the early stages. As the disease progresses, permanent vision loss is a real possibility if the patient does not receive treatment.

There are multiple forms of diabetic retinopathy, and only your doctor can determine your particular form. With one form, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In another, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, many do not notice a change to their vision because there are little to no symptoms. If an eye doctor does not catch diabetic retinopathy early, one could sustain mild blurriness at near or far distances, as well as floaters. In severe cases, a sudden loss of vision may occur.

Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy can result in permanent damage that cannot be reversed.  However, if caught in time, prescribed treatments may slow development and prevent vision loss.

Concerned about the onset of diabetic retinopathy? Please call us at 707-263-0101 to schedule a preventative eye examination today with our staff.

Learn more about this type of diabetic eye disease by watching our video.

Eye Care Optometric

Eye Care Optometric

March 23rd, 2020

In Response to the order to “Shelter in Place” to protect our community from the Corona virus, we are forced to close our office to help limit possible spread of the virus. We are staying open March 20, 23 and 24 to wrap up some cases and dispense glasses to patients waiting for them. We sanitize between each case as always and continually wipe down surfaces.

Please cancel your appointment if you are ill, coughing, have fever, traveled out of the country within 2 weeks or have been around sick people. If you are picking up glasses or contact lenses and have risks, call us and designate someone to pick up. If you feel uncomfortable coming into our office during this time, call to tell us you are coming and then again when you get to our parking lot call and we will bring them out to your car. We can also make arrangements to mail glasses and Contact Lenses to you.

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