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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Options in White Plains New York
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to effectively use and store sugar. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication associated with diabetes, and can be problematic for some patients. However, proper management and treatment can help prevent and minimize the side effects.
The doctors at Maple Eye and Laser Center can explain diabetic retinopathy and its treatment options at their practice in the White Plains, NY-area. Contact us today if you have concerns about diabetic retinopathy.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
The doctors at Maple Eye and Laser Center are experienced in the area of diabetic retinopathy, and how to best manage it.
Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy occurs in two stages: non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).
Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy: During this initial stage, the blood vessels in the retina are weakened. When this happens, they begin to develop tiny bulges that can leak fluid into the retina. If left untreated, NPDR can progress to the more advanced form of retinopathy, PDR.
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy: At this later stage, the blocked and damaged vessels prevent nourishment from getting to the retina. As a result, the eye tries to grow new blood vessels. These new vessels tend to be abnormal and can leak fluid into the back of the eye. The accumulation of fluid can change the curvature of the lens, causing blurry or clouded vision. During this stage, the retina could become detached, as a result of scar tissue growth.
- Impaired color vision
- Spots or floaters
- Blurred or fluctuating vision
- Dark, stringy-looking objects in your vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Seeing empty or dark areas
- Vision loss
We will examine the retina for changes in your blood vessels, leaking blood vessels, swelling or changes in the retina, changes in the lens, and damage to nerve tissue. We may also perform the following tests:
Visual acuity measurements, which assess damage to your central vision
Evaluation of the ocular structures and retina
Tonometry, which measures intraocular pressure (fluid pressure in your eye)
Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which captures detailed images of your eye tissue
If further diagnosis is necessary, we may recommend additional testing using retinal photography, which evaluates the retina, or fluorescein angiography, which is used to look for abnormal retinal tissue.
In more serious cases, laser treatment or surgery may be necessary to slow or halt progression of diabetic retinopathy. Routine eye exams are required of all diabetes patients, since vision will need to be continually monitored, even after surgery or treatment.
Contact Us Today
The doctors at Maple Eye and Laser Center are experienced in the area of diabetic retinopathy, and how to best manage it. Regular vision screenings are important for patients with diabetes, to find and treat conditions early. If you would like to discuss diabetic retinopathy with one of our physicians, schedule your appointment today.
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