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A Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

If you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you are at an elevated risk for developing retinothapy. For diabetic clients at Vista Laser Vision, an informative and insightful consultation with Dr. Mark Hornfeld can help you learn about your prognosis and put your mind at ease. Here is a brief look at diabetic retinopathy:

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· Causes: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue near the retina. Diabetics who have not controlled their condition leave their eyes more susceptible to retinopathy, since more severe cases of diabetes heighten the risk. Almost anyone who has been diabetic for over thirty years will have signs of diabetic retinopathy.

· Symptoms: Some patients may not notice signs until the retinopathy has become severe. Symptoms include trouble seeing clearly in low light, blurred vision, missing areas of vision, and tiny particles in the eye called “floaters”. A doctor may also notice blocked blood vessels, scars on the retina, or retinal hemorrhages.

· Treatment: Although treatment cannot typically reverse damage, it can slow down the progression of the condition or prevent it from worsening. Treatment can include a laser eye surgery process known as photocoagulation, which destroys any abnormal vessels in the retina. Other forms of laser treatment treat a larger area of the retina over the course of two or more sessions.

· Prevention: There are certain preventative measures you can take to avoid diabetic retinopathy. The first step is to take control of your glucose as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol. If your diabetes worsens, your risk for retinopathy increases. It’s also important that you refrain from smoking and get routine eye exams.

Since diabetic retinopathy is not an easy condition to detect on your own, it’s important to visit your New York City ophthalmologist regularly. Dr. Mark Hornfeld is highly skilled in treating and helping prevent diabetic retinopathy and will discuss the best program to protect your eyesight. Call Vista Laser Vision to schedule your next appointment today at (212) 580-8881.