If you've lived with diabetes for a long time, you face an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can cause blindness.
Dr. Walter Choate has helped countless patients in the Nashville, TN, area manage their diabetes-related eye conditions.
Learn how our optometric center can diagnose diabetic retinopathy and what treatment options are available to protect your vision.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a type of diabetic eye disease that affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
High blood sugar can block the blood vessels of the retina, causing scar tissue to form. To compensate for this blockage, the eye creates new blood vessels. Unfortunately, these new blood vessels do not develop properly and are prone to leaking.
During advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy, these fragile blood vessels leak into the jelly-like vitreous that fills the center of the eye and more retinal scar tissue forms. This can increase your risk of macular edema (buildup of fluid in the central part of the retina), retinal detachment, and vision loss.
The Four Stages of
- Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy
- Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy
- Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy
- Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR)
Diabetic Retinopathy Risk Factors
While diabetic retinopathy only develops in people with diabetes, not all diabetics will experience this retinal condition. Some of the factors associated with an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Extended length of time living with diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Smoking and use of other tobacco products
If you are a diabetic, you can speak with Dr. Choate about your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. He may recommend more frequent eye exams to catch the condition in its earliest stages. Many general practitioners in the Nashville, TN, area recommend their patients to Choate Eye Associates for their vision needs.
Our Advanced Technology Can Detect Problems Early to Help Preserve Vision
Managing Your Diabetes Can Help Prevent Vision Loss
If you have mild to moderate nonproliferative retinopathy, the treatments listed above may not be necessary. You can prevent vision loss by properly managing your diabetes and monitoring your blood sugar. Be sure to discuss diabetes care with your general practitioner or endocrinologist.
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