Anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes can develop the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. It can cause vision loss up to and including blindness, as well as significant damage to your retinal blood vessels. The key to a good outcome is early detection and management, which is best taken care of here at The Retina Group of Washington. Eye doctors are specialists, and we’re the specialists in the world of eye doctors, so for any and all retinal issues, there’s nowhere else you should turn to but us.
The biggest challenge in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy is that there are no obvious symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. And that is too late. If you have diabetes, you should be screened once per year for the presence of signs that would indicate diabetic retinopathy. Our ophthalmology office in Georgetown features advance diagnostic equipment and methods, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluoroscein dye testing to ensure accurate results. If you do notice any of the common signs of this condition, among which are blurry vision, floaters (spots in your visual field), and hemorrhaging of your ocular blood vessels, it is essential to get attention as quickly as possible at our ophthalmology office in Georgetown. Upon positive diagnosis, immediate action will be taken, based on your individual situation and the severity of the disease. Our retina specialist will go over your options with you. Regardless of any direct treatment, it is crucial that you take control of your blood sugar to the greatest extent possible. Work with your primary care doctor or diabetes specialist for guidance on diet and medications. Our retina specialist will coordinate with your other health care professionals to assure an optimal outcome.
To schedule an appointment, please call our ophthalmology office in Georgetown now. We’ll arrange a prompt visit.