Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment from Your Optometrist in Cypress, TX
Loss of vision is a significant concern among patients who developed diabetic retinopathy. This condition does not show symptoms at the early stages, however, it can cause blindness if left untreated. If you live in Cypress, Houston, or the surrounding areas, our optometrist at Today’s Vision Cypress-Fry Rd can monitor, diagnose, and manage the disease.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
A person with either Type 1 or 2 diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. It arises when blood sugar levels remain uncontrolled over an extended period of time. The odds of developing diabetic retinopathy increases according to the length of time you have diabetes.
Visual damage occurs once the disorder affects the retinal blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels can leak fluids in the macula, resulting in swelling in the area. New blood vessels will form so that the circulation in the retina can improve, however, these new vessels become abnormal, leading to leakage of blood.
People suffering from early stages of diabetic retinopathy might be totally unaware that they have it. These are the most common signs that could eventually appear:
- Blurry or clouded vision
- Trouble distinguishing colors
- Seeing floaters or spots
- Perceiving black spots or holes in the visual field
- Difficulty seeing at night
Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
For diabetics, the first step in vision preservation should be a comprehensive eye exam. Our optometrist will review your health history, evaluate your visual acuity, and examine the structures in both eyes. How far the disorder has progressed determines the appropriate way to treat diabetic retinopathy. The objective of our doctor is to halt the advancement of this disorder. Monitoring your condition may be just enough to help control it. Changes in diet and exercise can also help. If your condition is severe, laser treatment can help. Photocoagulation seals leaks from blood vessels by making small burns on the retina with a laser.
Schedule an Exam with Our Optometrist in Cypress
Patients in the Houston and Cypress area enjoy the professional care and service they receive from our optometry staff at Today’s Vision Cypress - Fry Rd. We are a full-service eye and vision care provider, and we accept both scheduled and emergency appointments. Be sure to call us today at (832) 220-6168 to make an appointment with our optometrist, Dr. Vinh Le, in Cypress.