Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive sub-disorder of diabetes that negatively affects the blood vessels in the back of the eyes (the retina). The symptoms of this defect can vary from mild to moderate and include blurry vision, floating spots, fluctuating vision, dark or empty areas in your vision, and blindness. Anyone who has either type1 or type2 diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. And while this diagnosis can be a scary one, with proper management, the progression can be slowed.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Early Detection is the Key

The number one method of treatment is to prevent and detect early. Diagnosis can be predicted once the optometrist performs a dilated eye exam; special drops are administered to the eyes to dilate them, and then the exam begins. If retinopathy is present, the optometrist will be able to determine the stage and then develop an effective treatment plan.

Properly Manage Diabetes

Because diabetic retinopathy is a symptom of diabetes, proper diabetes management can help lessen or diminish symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. This means managing your insulin and sugar levels.

Improve Diet and Nutrition

Changing the way you eat and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you manage both your diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Therefore, you should choose foods that are low in fats, sugar, and salt and strive to reach your ideal body mass index. Additionally, you should try to quit any bad habits such as smoking and drinking, as well as maintain a regular workout routine.

See your Optometrist Regularly

As time passes, the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can worsen. Therefore, it is important to see your optometrist regularly. Once diagnosed, our specialist will then determine a treatment and management plan so that you can live with this disorder more comfortably.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Marietta, GA

At East Cobb Eye Center, we have provided residents of Marietta, GA, with reliable eye care services for many years. Our expert optometrist will eagerly help, diagnose, and help you manage any issues with your eyes. Call us today at (770) 642-4001 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor. 

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