Diabetic Retinopathy in Delray Beach, FL

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a concerning eye condition that damages blood vessels within the back of the eye or the retina. Often a result of high blood sugar levels or diabetes-related complications, diabetic retinopathy can cause these blood vessels to swell, leak, or become altogether blocked, preventing the proper flow of blood and delivery of vital nutrients into the eye. When this occurs, several eye concerns may result, including retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular edema, vision loss, and blindness. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may not become evident until the condition reaches the advanced stages, making routine eye exams extremely important for diabetic patients. As a full-service ophthalmology center, Rothchild Eye Institute offers diabetic retinopathy diagnostic care and treatment for patients throughout Delray Beach and Palm Beach County, FL.

How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

There are two general stages of the condition: non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (early stage) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (advanced stage). Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include changes in vision, vision loss, blurry vision, floaters, or dark spots. A comprehensive eye exam is the first step in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy. While there is no cure for the condition, treatment generally centers on managing symptoms and reducing the risk of progression. Treatment modalities may include vitrectomy, laser surgery, and anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) medications. Along with any recommended care plan, it is important to manage diabetes by maintaining an ideal weight, eating a nutritious diet, and controlling blood sugar levels.

Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

Maintaining routine eye care is essential for patients who have diabetes. Identifying conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, early on can help preserve vision and minimize damage to the retina and other eye structures. If you are affected by diabetes, please schedule an appointment at Rothchild Eye Institute in Delray Beach, FL to meet with our retina specialist. We are dedicated to helping you preserve your vision by providing excellence in ophthalmology care.

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