Here at The Retina Group of Washington, our 22031 ophthalmologist specializes in treating our diabetic patients, and most specifically, treating them for diabetic retinopathy. If you are someone with diabetes, it is critical that you are aware of the risks that diabetes poses to your eye health. If your blood sugar levels are not kept at safe and controlled levels, you are in danger of developing a condition called diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition for you to be aware of, especially because it is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults. Diabetic retinopathy leads to blindness because the uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause damage to the sensitive blood vessels in the retina. In many cases, people are unaware that they even have diabetic retinopathy at first, because they do not notice any symptoms. However, as the condition develops, macular edema can take place, which can cause your vision to become blurry and to fluctuate. Another possible symptom, if you are experiencing proliferative diabetic retinopathy in which new, abnormal blood cells form, is that the blood cells will leak, leaving small floaters or flecks in the way of your vision. When it comes to diabetic retinopathy, prevention is best. If you have diabetes, it is important for you to visit our 22031 ophthalmologist for regular diabetic eye exams, during which we will check for warning signs of diabetic retinopathy and provide treatment as needed. This allows us to catch diabetic retinopathy in its earlier stages, when it is more treatable. If you are experiencing symptoms such as changes in your vision or any of the more specific symptoms that were previously mentioned, make sure that you schedule an appointment here at The Retina Group of Washington as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about our treatments for diabetic retinopathy, or any of the other services that our 22031 ophthalmologist has to offer, we encourage you to visit the main The Retina Group of Washington website, where you can read through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly for assistance.