If you have diabetes, you may be concerned about the effects of the disease on the rest of your body. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that occurs to some degree in all diabetics once they have had the disease long-term, cites the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Diabetic retinopathy steals sight, but with proper disease management and regular optometrist exams, vision loss can be minimized. At Heights Eye Center, we provide state-of-the-art exams and treatments for diabetic retinopathy eye care in Lodi NJ.

Managing Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Disease in Lodi

Managing diabetic retinopathy eye disease in Lodi begins with managing blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood sugar levels remain high for too long causing damage to the eye’s blood vessels. In the most common form, non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), blood vessels close or swell and leak. This may cause some vision loss, but it doesn’t have to lead to blindness. In the more advanced form, proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), the retina actually grows new blood vessels that can bleed, form scar tissue and rob you of central and peripheral vision. If you notice any symptoms of the eye disease, schedule an examination.

Symptoms include:

  • Floaters
  • Spots
  • Blurriness
  • Changes in color vision
  • Dark or empty spaces
  • Vision loss to any degree

Lodi Optometrist Diabetic Eye Care Appointments

Our Lodi optometrist diabetic eye care appointments begin by learning your medical history and any vision symptoms. Then we perform a thorough eye exam with dilation to check for swelling in the retina, growth of blood vessels and scar tissue, bleeding and retinal detachment. Using contrast, fluorescein angiography allows us to take in-depth pictures of the blood vessels. If diabetic retinopathy is present in its early stages, we’ll discuss how to slow the eye disease. If we diagnose the more progressed PDR, we will go over surgical options. We are here to answer all questions and develop a disease-management plan.

Call us for your next appointment, (201) 288-1109. Heights Eye Center is located at 227 1/2 Boulevard Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604.

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