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Diabetic Retinopathy in Sedalia, MO

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that leads to damaged blood vessels in the retina. As indicated by the name of the disease, this is often brought on as a result of diabetic complications or high blood sugar levels. This condition can cause the blood vessels within the back of your eye to swell, leak, or become blocked altogether, which prevents blood from flowing and delivering nutrients to the eye properly. Side effects could include retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular edema, vision loss, and even total blindness. While it's true that symptoms of diabetic retinopathy might not become evident until the advanced stages of the condition, routine eye exams can help diabetic patients detect and treat diabetic-related eye conditions as soon as possible. At Sedalia Eye Associates, we have a wide range of experience helping individuals with diabetes. Contact our Sedalia or Warsaw office to schedule an eye exam.

How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

There are two stages of diabetic retinopathy: the early stage, non-proliferative, and the advanced stage, proliferative. Some commonly experienced symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Change in vision
  • Floaters
  • Dark spots
  • Vision loss

Diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed after a comprehensive eye exam. While there is no cure, we can generally manage symptoms and reduce progression with treatments such as laser surgery and more. Maintaining an ideal weight, eating nutritious foods, and controlling blood sugar levels can also help manage diabetic retinopathy.

Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

It is essential for diabetics to maintain their eye care, as conditions such as diabetic retinopathy can cause damage to the retina and even lead to total vision loss if left untreated. If you have diabetes, the team at Sedalia Eye Associates can create a treatment plan to help manage your condition and maintain your eye health. To schedule an eye exam, contact our office in Sedalia or Warsaw, MO today.

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