Diabetic Retinopathy

It’s easy to underestimate the damage that high blood sugar can have on your body, and diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications of untreated diabetes. Retina specialist Clinton Warren, MD, and the team at THIRDCOAST RETINA in Kenosha, Wisconsin, specialize in treating or preventing diabetic retinopathy as you manage type 1 or type 2 diabetes. For more information on diabetic retinopathy treatment and prevention, call THIRDCOAST RETINA or schedule an appointment online today.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that can cause declining vision. It’s also a retinal vascular disease, meaning it affects the veins and arteries at the back of your eye. 

If you have diabetes and aren’t treating it or managing it effectively, the excess glucose (sugar in your blood) damages the delicate vasculature of your retina. While symptoms may be mild or nonexistent at first, diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent vision loss.

You should contact THIRDCOAST RETINA for an appointment right away if you have diabetes and experience any changes in your vision. Avoiding treatment for diabetic retinopathy can lead to eye complications, such as retinal detachment, blindness, and vitreous hemorrhage. 

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

If you have diabetes, chances are Dr. Warren has discussed its possible effects on your eyes. Most people don’t notice any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy right away, but as the condition worsens, you might experience:

  • Blurry vision
  • Increased floaters
  • Dark spots in your vision
  • Vision loss
  • Fluctuating vision

Report any changes in your vision to Dr. Warren and the team, even if you don’t have diabetes or are unaware you have it. Similar symptoms could indicate many eye conditions, and a thorough eye exam and testing can reveal the underlying cause. 

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

Like many diabetes complications, one of the best ways to manage or improve your diabetic retinopathy is by managing the underlying diabetes. Your physicians may encourage you to adopt a healthier diet, exercise more often, or take insulin daily. 

Dr. Warren and the team at THIRDCOAST RETINA can provide specific treatments to improve diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases. Your ophthalmological treatment for the condition might involve:

  • Watchful waiting
  • Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections
  • Photocoagulation (laser treatment)
  • Vitrectomy surgery

Dr. Warren discusses any recommended medications or procedures with you. You’ll get the best possible result from treatment by adhering closely to your care plan.

For more information on diabetic retinopathy and how to manage the changes in your vision, call THIRDCOAST RETINA or schedule an exam online today.