If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, you’ve already begun the process of learning more about the disease and how it will affect your current lifestyle. What you may not already know is that Diabetes can have a large impact on your eyesight and the general health of your eyes. With the proper treatment and right care, you can lead a vibrant and eye healthy life with Diabetes.
IDENTIFYING EYE CONDITIONS RELATED TO DIABETES
Not everyone who has Diabetes develops an eye condition, but if you’ve been diagnosed it’s necessary that you have an annual dilated eye exam and diabetic retinal screenings. It’s one of the top causes of blindness in the U.S. and it’s important for you to take notice of any changes and to act on them as soon as possible. Early detection can save your eyesight.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most serious eye condition associated with Diabetes. It occurs when the tiny blood vessels at the back of your eye become blocked and start to leak. You may develop different types of diabetic retinopathy based on the severity of your Diabetes.
- Background Diabetic Retinopathy
This form may not affect your sight, but your eyes will need to be monitored carefully to ensure that your retinopathy doesn’t worsen.
- Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
If background retinopathy worsens, causing inflammation and lack of oxygen to the eye, it causes new, weak blood vessels to grow that can leak, affecting your vision.
- Diabetic Maculopathy
When the retinopathy affects your macula, the central part of your retina, your central vision will become blurred.
HOW CAN I REDUCE THE RISK?
You can reduce the risk of developing retinopathy by maintaining a healthy diet, controlling your blood glucose level, eliminating smoking, and receiving regular retinal screenings from your eye doctor. Early detection and treatment may save your eyesight!
CALL THE CATONSVILLE EYE GROUP TODAY!
Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is out #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!
If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours. You can also schedule an appointment online! You can access our web scheduler through our website or Facebook page.
We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!