Our patients with diabetes have many physical challenges to face. But their eyes may undergo significant changes that could lead to blindness. Your retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye, is especially susceptible to diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes causes several issues with blood pressure, which affects your retinal cells. Low blood pressure can starve your retina of oxygen, causing parts of it to die. High blood pressure can lead to blood vessels bursting or multiplying. Please request a diabetic eye exam and protect your ocular health.
Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) is the early stage of diabetic retinopathy and occurs when your blood vessels start to leak. Leaking fluid can lead to swelling in the macula, the part of the retina that renders faces, text, and fine details.
Occasionally, the blood vessels that supply the eye become blocked, as they struggle to bring blood to this important vision center, starving the macula’s cells of oxygen (macular ischemia).
PDR causes trouble for patients due to the development of neovascularization. Retinal blood vessels under increased pressure grow new blood vessels that fan throughout the retinal tissue. Blood leaking from these new blood vessels into the watery center of your eye can produce discolored vision. Eventually, scar tissue can form, negatively impacting your vision.
Macular swelling can lead to diabetic macular edema (DME), a complication of diabetic retinopathy. When the macula swells, you may lose some of your vision. You may experience washed out or blurry vision.
DME can worsen, and it can develop during either the early or late stages of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes increases the risks of developing glaucoma significantly. Because diabetes comes hand-in-hand with high blood pressure, the retina’s tiny blood vessels can leak into the aqueous chamber, interfering with natural drainage canals in your eye. This can result in increased intraocular pressure, causing progressive damage to the optic nerve.
Patients with diabetes have specific risks that require special attention. Our retinal camera comes complete with extremely sensitive ocular coherence tomography (OCT) and fundus photography that reveal the effects of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.
With this vital equipment, we can better serve our patients with diabetes as well as adults and seniors at risk for various eye diseases. We scan for many eye problems, not limited to diabetic eye concerns. This imaging technology provides us with the tools necessary for early detection that can save your eyesight.
Find our office at 28700 Chagrin Boulevard in between Brainard Rd and Lander Rd. We are located across the street from ETON Shopping Center.
There is ample free parking in front of the building.