Diabetic Retinopathy with our South Tulsa Optometrist
At The Eye Center of Okmulgee and South Tulsa, our optometry team works with hundreds of people every year struggling with vision and eye complications related to this challenging disease. Diabetic retinopathy is actually the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among working-aged adults.
So, what happens in this condition? Read on to learn more.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetes increases a person's risk for a variety of issues with the eyes, with diabetic retinopathy being the most common complication. In this condition, the tiny blood vessels located in and behind the retinas (thin light-sensitive layer of tissues located on the back of the inner eye) become damaged, causing leakage and scarring. This happens because of chronically elevated levels of blood sugar, the hallmark issue with diabetes (sugar is known to cause inflammation and tissue damage in the body).
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
Unless a person with diabetes regularly undergoes a comprehensive eye exam, he or she may not even know they have diabetic retinopathy until long after the condition has worsened. Once signs and symptoms do develop, they often include blurry vision, blind spots, dark spots, or "floaters" in the visual field, impaired ability to see color, and ultimately vision loss and blindness.
The Role of an Optometrist in the Management & Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy
If you have diabetes, you should meet with your optometrist on a regular basis. Our optometry staff can thoroughly evaluate your eyes and vision, checking for early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy or other diabetic eye diseases. If early warning signs are detected, we can educate you on ways to prevent the conditions from worsening or at least slow the progression.
Treatment for diabetic retinopathy relies on optimal management of the diabetic condition, low vision and vision correction strategies, and laser surgery, for which our team can provide pre- and post-operative care.
Are You Diabetic & Need to Get Your Eyes Checked? Contact an Optometrist in South Tulsa or Okmulgee Today
The Eye Center has two convenient locations serving South Tulsa, Okmulgee, Bixby, and surrounding Oklahoma communities. If you live nearby, we encourage you to contact us in order to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to check the health of your eyes and quality of your vision, especially if you're living with diabetes.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor near you, call our eye care team now at 918-369-3937.