If you suffer from diabetes, you are probably aware that you may also be more likely to develop certain types of eye problems. For patients who have elevated blood sugars, they are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, and possibly other eye problems including glaucoma. For this reason, it is recommended that patients with diabetes come in on a regular basis for diabetic screenings and management of any eye problems he may be experiencing. Our ophthalmologist in Garden Grove CA, will be able to provide you with an accurate and thorough eye exam so that any developing or existing eye problems can be diagnosed and treated early.
Our top-notch ophthalmologist is Dr. Lincoln L. Manzi. Dr. Manzi has been in private practice in Orange County for over 30 years, and is the founding ophthalmologist of our Orange Coast Eye Center. Dr. Jared R. Younger is one of our board-certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologists. He specializes in cornea and refractive surgeries and other eye health treatments. If you have diabetes, our doctor will recommend that you come in for regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams. Depending on your eye health and your overall medical health, our doctor will let you know exactly how often you should come in to see our ophthalmologist in Garden Grove CA.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for people under 65. If you have diabetes, and your blood sugars are elevated, you run an increased risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease is actually a collection of several types of eye diseases which affect the blood vessels that surround and nourish the retina and macula. Diabetic retinopathy can lead to decreased vision acuity and even blindness. It generally gets gradually worse over the years. In the beginning the blood vessels in the eye become weakened. This can lead to blood eventually leaking into the retina from these blood vessels. This type of retinopathy is called non-proliferative retinopathy and is the most common form of the disease. If the fluid leaks into the center of your eye this can cause you to have blurry vision. If blood sugar levels are allowed to stay high diabetic retinopathy will keep getting worse. Newer and weaker blood vessels will continue to develop. These blood vessels can break open very easily causing blood to leak into the middle of your eye and hurt your vision. This bleeding can cause scar tissue to develop which will pull on the retina and cause a retinal detachment. Retinopathy can also cause macular edema. This condition can cause legal blindness. If you would like to see our ophthalmologist in Garden Grove CA for a diabetic eye exam, contact us today for an appointment.