What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Our eyes go through a range of changes as a result of injury and illness. Diabetic retinopathy is a direct result of diabetes. This disease affects the blood vessels that are at the back of the eye in the retina where light is sensitive. At Crystal Clear Optometry, we have provided residents of McAllen, TX, with diabetic eye disease treatment for many years.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
There are signs to look for if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and fear that you may have this disease. Many patients may not experience any symptoms in the beginning, but as the disease progresses you might see floaters in your line of vision, experience blurry vision, and you may begin to lose your vision.
Is It Reversible?
If you believe that you have diabetic retinopathy, you must seek medical help like that offered by us, Prudhomme Vision in the Manchester area. Our optometrist can help you discover if you have the disease and how to treat it. In some cases, the effects of this disease are temporary and will go back away when your diabetes is under control. If the disease progresses far enough it can cause permanent vision loss.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?
The best course of treatment is to come to see our optometry specialist. Here we will take the time to properly diagnose the disease and determine where you fall in the spectrum of progression. There are four stages of diabetic retinopathy. At each stage, there is specific treatment and being monitored at each step is essential. Stage one is mild, stage two is moderate, stage three is severe, and stage four is called proliferative which means you are very likely to experience extreme vision loss during this stage of the disease.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Optometrist in McAllen, TX
With a comprehensive examination, we can help you determine whether your vision issues are symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. Experience exceptional eye care from Crystal Clear Optometry. Call us today at (956) 687-6567 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.