Your eyes are precious to you, as they should be. You would never knowingly risk their health and your vision, but not everyone is aware of the relationship between diabetes and your eyes. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, we are experts when it comes the effects of this disease on your ocular wellness. Turn to us for screening, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.
The most common risk of diabetes when it comes to your eyes is a condition called diabetic retinopathy. It’s important to know that both type 1 and type 2 diabetes create the same threat. The real concern is based on your blood sugar being too high, which can happen with either type of diabetes. Unfortunately, there are no early warning signs of this type of retinopathy. Only when it becomes advanced are indications likely to be noticeable. They include sudden vision loss, blurry vision, spots in your field of vision (floaters), and difficulties seeing up close. Our McLean ophthalmology suggest that you be screened once per year if you are a diagnosed diabetic. If not, you are taking unnecessary chances of vision loss or eye damage that can be permanent. Diabetic retinopathy can threaten your retinal blood vessels. Our McLean ophthalmology features the state-of-the-art when it comes to diagnostic equipment. If diabetic retinopathy is detected, treatment will depend on the severity and whether or not any blood vessel damage has occurred. If so, laser therapy is an effective option. If diagnosis is made prior to any harm, you may only need to make some lifestyle adjustments and take medication or adjust your current dosage in order to keep your blood sugar properly controlled.
Our McLean ophthalmology provides you with specialized retinal care. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, be sure to contact us right away to arrange an appointment.