If you have diabetes, it is important that you are extra health conscious in general. But did you know that you also need to pay special attention to your eye and vision health as well? At Heritage Eye Care, our Southwest Arlington optometrist along with the rest of our caring team of staff members are dedicated to helping our diabetic patients through any optical condition that might arise, and we also place a special emphasis on prevention and education when it comes to diabetes related conditions. For people with diabetes, it is extremely important to keep your sugar levels under control. Because your body does not utilize sugar properly, if the levels are uncontrolled, the blood vessels in your retina (the back part of your eye) can become seriously damaged. These kinds of retinal injuries are referred to as diabetic retinopathy. In many cases, patients are unaware that they even have diabetic retinopathy, because it can develop in such a gradual manner.
However, if your diabetic retinopathy leads to macular edema, the vision will become blurry and will fluctuate often. If you end up with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, meaning that new, abnormal blood vessels are starting to form in the retina, then they often will bleed and disrupt the vision with small flecks and floaters. If you experience a large hemorrhage as a result of your diabetic retinopathy, then the vision usually becomes very blurry and impaired. Because it is possible to go for a long time without being made aware of your diabetic retinopathy, it is crucial that you visit our Southwest Arlington optometrist regularly for diabetic eye exams. This allows us to check for signs of diabetic retinopathy earlier on in its development so that we can offer more useful and effective treatment.
If you would like to learn more about diabetic retinopathy and treatment, or any of the other various services provided by our Southwest Arlington optometrist, we encourage you to visit the main Heritage Eye Care website for additional information. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you.