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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment with our Winchester Optometrist

There's little doubt that diabetes is a dangerous, potentially deadly condition, one that afflicts tens of millions of people in this country alone. In addition to the damage it can wreak on your nerves and major organs, this disease also destroys blood vessels. When the blood vessels in your eyes fall victim to diabetes, the result, diabetic retinopathy, can lead to blindness. Fortunately, you can save your eyes from this fate through evaluations and treatment at Winchester Optical, Inc.

diagram of diabetic retinopathy

What High Blood Sugar Can Do to Your Eyes

Diabetes is marked by the failure of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to manage the levels of sugar in your blood. The excess sugar is known to have a destructive effects on the walls of blood vessels. the thinner or more delicate those vessels are, the more quickly and extensively they are damaged. The retina of the eye is filled with tiny fragile blood vessels that provide it with the blood, oxygen and nutrients it depends on. When these blood vessels fail, so may your ability to see properly. Diabetic retinopathy may take place in two stages:

  • Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy - In this earlier stage of the disease, the blood vessels of the retina begin to leak blood. If blood leaks into the macula (which controls your central vision), the macula may swell up, distorting your eyesight.
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy - In this later stage of the disease, your eyes may try to save the retinas by creating numerous new blood vessels in a hurry. These blood vessels are even weaker than the ones they're replacing, so they succumb to the high blood sugar as well, leaking even more blood into the gel-like vitreous that fills the eye.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

Our experienced team will be happy to help you protect your eyes from the vision loss symptoms associated with diabetic retinopathy. Regular eye exams, including detailed retinal evaluations, are an absolute must for catching this condition early. Your most important strategy, at any stage of the disease, will be to treat the underlying diabetes with the aid of your primary physician. If necessary, your eye doctor can administer medications to stop the creation of abnormal blood vessels or recommend laser surgery to seal off leaky vessels, and/or replacement of the blood-stained vitreous with sterile saline.

Contact our Winchester Optometrist, Dr. Joseph Deering, for an Eye Exam

Give your eyes the necessary safeguards against diabetic retinopathy, starting with a comprehensive eye exam. Call Dr. Joseph Deering, our Winchester optometrist at (781) 729 – 4553 to schedule an appointment!

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