Diabetic Eye Care

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Several diseases affect the eye, either directly or as part of a system-wide problem. Often serious, these conditions require immediate professional Colorado eye care to preserve your vision. Thanks to modern advances in eye care knowledge and technologies, most eye conditions and diseases are treatable by a Vision Care Specialists’ eye doctor.

I have seen Dr. Ridder for many years and would never change doctors!  He is so knowledgeable and uses the latest technology on my eyes. I am diabetic and he watches for any changes and shows me what every test means. The staff has always been very helpful with all questions during check-in and check-out and during the eye tests. 

— Monroe J., Highlands Ranch Location

What is it?

Diabetic Retinopathy - Diabetic Eye CareDiabetes can cause new blood vessel growth on the retina, which can then bleed and cause damage to our vision. This type of damage is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy affects a large percentage of individuals with long-standing diabetes.

Having diabetes can also increase one’s risk of developing glaucoma and cataracts.

Therefore, it is critical to be proactive and preventive by having diabetic eye care needs examined at the minimum of once a year by a Colorado eye care professional.

 

Signs & SymptomsDiabetic Retinopathy example

Often, there can be signs of these problems before you notice symptoms.  The signs include vision becoming more dim, hazy, or blurry.  You may also notice blind spots in your vision, new floaters in your vision or reduced peripheral vision.

 

Treatments

Control blood sugar levels, control blood pressure, and do not smoke.

Prevention is the best way to limit diabetic complications in the eye.  Regular visits for diabetic eye care; with a Colorado eye care professional is very important for your eye health.

An eye care professional looks for changes in the retinal blood vessels and can recommend different options of treatment.

As is typical with most diseases, treatment can be more effective at earlier stages.  Treatment for diabetic retinopathy can range from laser surgery, steroid injections, and anti-VEGF injections.  All of these treatments aim to slow down or stop further vision loss and may even, in ideal situations, recover lost vision.

Vision Care Specialists is the most experienced practice in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Our Colorado eye doctors and exceptional staff provide you with the widest array of current options for optimizing your vision.

Call 303-991-9600 or request an appointment online