Ginter Eyecare Center: State-of-the-Art Care for Diabetic Retinopathy in Lubbock
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss for men and women with diabetes, affecting millions of people each year in the U.S., most of them seniors. As a top-rated optometry practice in Lubbock, Ginter Eyecare Center is a leading provider of comprehensive senior eye exams to help diagnose DR as early as possible, as well as treatment options to help manage the condition.
What symptoms does diabetic retinopathy cause?
Diabetic retinopathy occurs in stages, and in the very early stage of the disease, it causes no noticeable symptoms, even though changes will be taking place inside your eye. Having regular eye exams is the best way to “catch” diabetic retinopathy in this early stage so treatment can begin as soon as possible. As the disease progresses, the tiny blood vessels in your retina will become weaker and eventually, they’ll begin to leak fluid, creating dark spots in your field of vision.
During this stage, you might have blurry vision or large numbers of “floaters,” tiny dark spots that float across your field of view, and colors may appear faded and less vibrant. Over time, your vision loss will increase, and you’ll begin to notice dark areas or “blind spots” in your vision. In severe cases, scar tissue can tug on the retina, eventually causing retinal detachment and total loss of vision in the affected eye.
How does an optometrist diagnose diabetic retinopathy?
When you visit Ginter Eyecare Center, your optometrist will begin your exam by asking you about any symptoms you may be experiencing and by reviewing your medical history. Then, the doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess your vision and examine your retina to look for changes associated with DR. During your exam, the doctor will use special eye drops to dilate your pupils to make it easier to see the retina and the optic nerve. Depending on your symptoms and other factors, you might have retinal photography or tomography to capture images of your retina or fluorescein angiography, a special imaging technique that uses a dye injected into your arm to highlight the tiny blood vessels in your retinas, making them easier to see. Fluorescein angiography can be especially useful in looking for abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina.
What treatments are available for diabetic retinopathy?
In its very early stages, DR may be treated with better management of glucose levels and frequent eye exams to keep track of the disease. In more advanced stages of the disease, laser treatments or injections may be recommended to prevent fluid from leaking into the retina and to stop new vessels from forming. In a few cases, surgery may be necessary to remove scar tissue that can lead to retinal detachment. Our optometrists will work with you to make sure you receive the most appropriate and most effective treatment for your specific needs.
Schedule an eye exam with us today!
If you have diabetes, the best way to preserve your sight is to have regular eye exams at a leading Lubbock optometry practice. To schedule your eye exam and to find out if you’re at risk for diabetic retinopathy or other eye diseases, call Ginter Eyecare Center at 806-798-8820 and make an appointment today.