At Southern Eye Group, we’re passionate about helping our patients achieve great vision. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists, and their highly-trained team of eye care specialists, work hard to customize treatment to the unique needs of every patient. We design personalized plans to combat any eye disease or chronic eye condition. For patients with diabetes, eye disease is even more of a concern, so it’s important to get a head start on prevention and treatment.
Unfortunately, people suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk for a number of eye diseases, many of which can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. Diabetes places patients at a higher risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, all of which can threaten vision and negatively affect daily life.
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms during the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, which is what makes the disease so dangerous. In the later stages, swelling from leaking blood vessels can occur and blur and distort vision, making objects look bigger, smaller, blurred, or otherwise distorted.
If you have diabetes and experience blurring in your vision or odd floating spots, please contact us at our office immediately to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor. Without prompt treatment this condition can easily cause serious vision loss or blindness, and the earlier you begin treatment, the more likely it is that the treatment will work.
Prevention is the best way to fight diabetic retinopathy, and the key to prevention is carefully managing your blood sugar level, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. But, through careful management of blood sugar, a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and regular visits to our office for eye exams, you and your ophthalmologist or optometrist can keep your diabetes in check and prevent retinopathy.
If you suffer from diabetes or think you might be experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, acting quickly may be the key to saving your vision. At Southern Eye Group, our eye doctors are experts in diabetic eye care and have years of experience treating patients at all stages of the condition. We’ll work with you to prevent, diagnose, and manage eye diseases before they damage your vision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!