Diabetic Eye Care

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may already know that it can impact your vision and eye health. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious diabetic eye disease and requires prompt treatment to prevent permanent vision loss. Diabetes is one of the most common reasons for adults to lose sight. At Bogey Hills Vision Center, we have been providing Saint Charles residents with diabetic eye care services for many years. If you have concerns about diabetic retinopathy, it is important to seek assistance right away.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that destroys the retina. The disease occurs when high blood sugar causes the blood vessels in the retina to leak fluid and proteins. The body may create more blood vessels, which causes retinal swelling. Individuals with both types of diabetes experience high blood sugar, putting both groups at risk.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

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The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may come in stages. Some people do not experience any early symptoms at all. Symptoms include:

  • Holes in vision

  • Floaters

  • Blurry vision

  • Poor night vision

  • Difficulty seeing colors

Some of these symptoms are also related to other eye conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to see an eye doctor immediately. Our optometrist will assess your condition to diagnose and treat any eye health conditions you are experiencing.

Avoid Disease Progression

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Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that can progress quickly if you do not get treatment. One way to prevent the disease from worsening is to keep up with your blood pressure and blood sugar prescriptions. Maintaining your blood sugar levels can prevent the disease from developing or progressing.

Treatment Options

Medications prescribed for diabetes are often the best for controlling this disease, but an eye doctor can help with some other treatment options. For example, an eye doctor can use other medication to prevent blood vessels from forming. Laser surgery can also destroy blood vessels.

​​​​​​​Routine Exams Are Important

Comprehensive vision exams are a critical aspect of staying on top of your eye health. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or are at high risk for the disease, we recommend scheduling two diabetic eye exams per year. This allows our eye doctor to diagnose and manage diabetic retinopathy before vision loss is allowed to occur.

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