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Diabetic Retinopathy

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) involves swelling, leaking or abnormal growth of blood vessels in or near the retina. There are multiple stages to this disease, the earliest of which may not present any symptoms you can see.

DR Symptoms

Symptoms you can see include dark or black spots in your vision that increase over time, or severely blurred vision due to bleeding within the eye. The fact is, diabetic eye disease can get serious, before you even realize it.

That’s why comprehensive eye exams are so important when thinking about diabetes and eye sight—both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, and the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop some form of the disease.

Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Treatments for diabetic retinopathy include replacement of the inner gel inside the eye (called a vitrectomy) and different kinds of laser surgery, which can be co-managed by your optometrist. A recent clinical trial also suggested that better control of blood sugar levels slows the onset and progression of the disease in many patients.

Learn More From Our Diabetic Retinopathy Specialist in Spring, TX

Our eye doctors will correspond with your diabetes doctor to let them know the state of diabetes in your eyes.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website.