Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop eye problems. This includes retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and double vision. In addition to monitoring and controlling their blood sugar levels under the care of their primary care physician, it is essential that people with diabetes visit Orange Coast Eye Center for diabetic eye care in Garden Grove.
Diabetics can significantly reduce eye complications with annual eye exams to evaluate and monitor their retinal health. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. While diabetes can cause cataracts and glaucoma, it can also affect the blood circulation to your eye and can cause retinopathy. Often, one may not be aware of any symptoms even when significant diabetic retinopathy is present, so it is important to visit Orange Coast Eye Center for diabetic eye care in Garden Grove as an exam by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist is the only means of detecting diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Manzi or Dr. Younger will perform a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, pupil dilation, and careful examination of your retina. After the pupil is dilated, a device is used to view the retina and determine the extent of the retinopathy. Your eye doctor may administer a fluorescein dye test, where an injection of dye into a vein in the arm is followed by several minutes of retinal photos being taken. This creates a detailed cross-sectional image of the eye, allowing our eye doctors to better determine the extent of your retinopathy. However, the best therapy for diabetic retinopathy, as with most optical ailments, is prevention. Studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can significantly lower the risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Laser surgery is often the first line of treatment if macular edema or proliferative retinopathy is present. The primary goal of this treatment is to prevent further vision loss, but it is not a cure. Other, less invasive treatments include medications.
If you are experiencing blurred vision to any extent, or notice small specks or large floaters obscuring your vision, especially if you are diabetic, is it vital to your optical and overall health that you contact Orange Coast Eye Center for comprehensive eye testing and diabetic eye care in Garden Grove. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, but it can easily be prevented by calling and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Manzi or Dr. Younger today.