Diabetes is currently the leading cause of blindness in the United States for people under the age of 65 and the second leading cause for seniors.
Causes of Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy happens when the blood vessels in the eye’s retina swell, leak or close off completely, or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. However, diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. When your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of blurry vision.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
In it’s early stages, retinopathy does not show any symptoms. However, as the disease progress you may have
- Spots, dots or cobweb-like dark strings floating in your vision (called floaters);
- Blurred vision;
- Vision that changes periodically from blurry to clear;
- Blank or dark areas in your field of vision;
- Poor night vision;
- Colors appear washed out or different;
- Vision loss.
Early detection and treatment can prevent this loss of vision. Our doctors will help to determine whether your diabetes has caused any damage to your eyes, which might cause loss of vision now or in the future. We also provide you with the knowledge and treatment needed to maintain and improve your vision to the extent possible.