Diabetic Retinopathy: FAQ
Anyone that has diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. During your routine eye exams at Swan Family Optometry, your Fair Oaks, CA, optometrist can test you for this condition. Early detection will enable you to take steps to preserve your vision. The following FAQs about diabetic retinopathy can give you greater insight into this disease.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that damages the retina of your eye. In some cases, the disease causes retinal blood vessels to become inflamed and leak fluid into the retina, damaging your sight. In other cases, the disease promotes abnormal growth of retinal blood vessels which also impairs your vision.
How dangerous is diabetic retinopathy?
Left unchecked, the disease can cause permanent vision loss or lead to total blindness.
Who’s at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy?
Anyone with diabetes is prone to getting this disease. Generally, diabetics start to show signs of diabetic retinopathy after having had diabetes for ten years. It’s estimated that half of all people who develop diabetes will eventually get this disease.
How does blood sugar and blood pressure affect diabetic retinopathy?
High blood sugar levels cause blood vessels to swell and leak fluid into the retina, damaging your vision. High blood pressure promotes the progression of this disease. By keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure levels under control, you can keep diabetic retinopathy in check to help preserve your sight.
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
In the early stages of the disease, laser treatments can be used to seal leaking blood vessels to prevent further damage to your sight. Laser treatment won’t, however, restore any sight that’s already lost.
Is there a cure for diabetic retinopathy?
At this time, there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However there are many optometric treatments; the Swan Family Optometry can help preserve your vision and reduce the risk of further damage to your sight.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Swan Family Optometry
To schedule an eye exam and test for diabetic retinopathy, contact Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA, by calling 916-966-6080 today.