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Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Developing a chronic condition like diabetes impacts your life and health. When you notice changes to your vision after a diagnosis of diabetes from your medical doctor, it may relate to the condition. Treating diabetic retinopathy requires an understanding of the underlying causes of the condition and the possible solutions that may reduce the risk of further damages to your eyes.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition related to the blood vessels in the retina. When you have high blood glucose levels, it may cause damage to the retina due to the changes in the blood vessels. Over time, you notice changes to your vision or a loss of vision.

Depending on the severity of damage to the retina, professionals at the Elman Retina Group provide treatment solutions to address the situation. We focus on the type of damage to your eyes and the possible solutions based on your situation and goals.

Impact on Your Vision

The impact of diabetic retinopathy on your vision and eyes will vary based on the severity of the situation. In early stages, we may prevent or limit vision loss by identifying the problem and taking measures to slow the progression of the condition. Unfortunately, you may not notice a problem until you begin losing your vision.

It is not possible to cure the damage to your eyes. At our clinic, we focus on slowing the progression of the condition through appropriate treatment strategies. We evaluate the severity of the damage to your retinas and then recommend a solution after determining the options for your situation. We may recommend adjustments to your normal activities as well as various corrective solutions based on your retinas and the damage to the area.

Treatment Options in Our Clinic

The treatments we offer for diabetic retinopathy depend on your needs. We may recommend surgical procedures to reduce the risk of further damages to your retina. Laser surgery may help when the damage to your retina is limited and has not yet progressed to a severe point. We may also suggest the surgical removal of the vitreous gel if you notice changes to your vision, but the retina is not damaged or has limited damages.

In certain situations, we use anti-inflammatory medications as an injection to reduce the inflammation contributing to the damages. The medication helps slow the progression of the condition when we notice inflammation during routine exams.

The key to preventing a loss of vision is regular screenings. If you have diabetes, then we recommend visiting a professional for exams at least once in six months or more regularly when we have concerns about your eyes. Early detection is the key to treating diabetic retinopathy and slowing the progression of the condition.

Developing a chronic health condition impacts your life by causing complications in your health. When you have diabetes, you want regular screenings for diabetic retinopathy to limit possible complications. To learn more about treating retinopathy, call us today.

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