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Diabetic Retinopathy Management in Fair Oaks

Eye exams are more important than ever for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are a number of eye conditions and diseases associated with the disease. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most destructive diseases of the eye. The disease occurs when the light-sensitive tissue in the port posterior region of the eye is damaged and leads to the overgrowth of blood cells. Dr. Swan and our team of professionals here at Swan family Optometry in Fair Oaks are trained to treat diabetic retinopathy, as well as other diseases related to the eyes.

man receiving diabetic retinopathy treatment from his optometrist

What is the Specific Cause of Diabetic Retinopathy?

When there is an excess of sugar in the blood, it thickens making it much more difficult for the blood to reach smaller blood vessels and capillaries. Those vessels and capillaries are then deprived of the nutrients they need to function correctly. At some point, the blood flow is then cut away from these vessels. When there is an issue with blood flow whether it is because of the narrowing of the vessels or a blockage, the blood flow can actually regurgitate or back-up, causing visual changes and other issues of the eyes. 

What Are Some of the Symptoms Associated with Diabetic Retinopathy?

It is important to note that anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes is susceptible to diabetic retinopathy. There is a correlation between the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and the number of years people have the disease. Some of the symptoms attributed to diabetic retinopathy include but are not limited to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, elevated cholesterol levels, hypertension, pregnancy, and genealogy. Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans are more prone to the development of the disease. 

How Serious is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a very serious condition. It can lead to the detachment of the retina, a vitreous hemorrhage, glaucoma, and even blindness. The most important thing you can do is to make sure you keep your blood glucose levels controlled, and visit your family physician every three months. 

Contact Swan Family Optometry Today

Conditions of that cause changes to your vision can be so subtle you might night notice them. This is why you need to have a comprehensive eye exam done at least once a year. If you notice any changes in your eyes before your next eye appointment you should give us a call here at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks to schedule an appointment at 916-966-6080. 

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