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Diabetic Retinopathy

Retinal eye disease at Union Square Eye Care

Here at Union Square Eye Care, our eye doctors will conduct a complete eye examination (including a dilated evaluation of the retina) to pinpoint retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. When indicated, the blood vessels of the eyes are further evaluated by a photographic test called fluorescein angiography. Other retinal diseases include:

  • Retinal detachment is a serious condition that requires prompt treatment.
  • Epiretinal membrane is a scar tissue-like membrane that grows on the macula and affects normal vision.
  • Macular hole is a condition that affects central vision.
  • Retinal tear is a condition that can occur when the vitreous in the center of the eye pulls away from the retina and creates a tear.
  • Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can lead to blindness.

Advanced laser treatment

Although diabetic retinopathy often presents with no symptoms, certain signs should be concerning to you. These include persistent blurry vision, fluctuating vision or a sudden onset of new floaters. If you are diagnosed with retinal disease, it’s comforting to know that our ophthalmologists offer state-of-the-art argon laser surgery. With laser surgery, also known as panretinal photocoagulation (PRP), laser energy is used to destroy the oxygen-deprived retinal tissue outside of the patient’s central vision, preventing continued vessel growth and sealing leaking vessels. Laser surgery can slow — or even halt — the progression of some retinal disease. We can also address retinal vascular disease and retinal holes/tears with argon laser surgery.

Are you at risk for retinal disease?

If you are diabetic, you are likely to develop some degree of diabetic retinopathy. Studies show that 25% of people with diabetes had some form of retinal changes after three to four years. After 15 years, an astounding 80% of people with diabetes showed signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Prevention is the key to preserving healthy vision

The best way to minimize the possibility of complications from retinal disease is preventive care. The risks of vision loss can be reduced with periodic evaluation and care of the eyes and by maintaining good overall health. Don’t just assume your eyes are in good health.

Early diagnosis and treatment is paramount to preserving your vision, particularly when it comes to diabetic retinopathy. Call and schedule your appointment at Union Square Eye Care today.

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