Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Care from Our Optometrists in Cincinnati, OH

Individuals with diabetes are sometimes unaware of changes that can permanently damage their eyes. Regular vision exams are important in helping our optometrists at Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates detect diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Our practice is convenient for families in Amelia, Batavia, and the greater Cincinnati, OH, area.


Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that can, over time, destroy the retina, the thin light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of each eye. Retina damage occurs when tiny blood vessels that feed the retina become clogged, sometimes leaking blood, due to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels caused by diabetes. One way the body responds is by creating more and more defective vessels.

Our eye doctors note that patients who visit us with this condition experience swelling of the retina that blurs or clouds their vision. If not properly treated, diabetic retinopathy can result in blindness.

In early diabetic retinopathy, symptoms might not be apparent.  Over time, patients are likely to notice:

  • Blurry vision
  • Spots or floaters
  • Trouble perceiving colors
  • Holes or black spots in the visual field
  • Trouble seeing at night

Treatment Options for Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy

The first step in obtaining a diabetic retinopathy diagnosis is undergoing a comprehensive eye exam at our Cincinnati practice. Patients should expect an eye refraction test, an assessment of visual acuity, and a review of their respective health histories. The exam also includes evaluating the structures of each eye.

One important part of treatment is controlling the patient’s levels of blood sugar.  Successful regulation of blood sugar levels can delay the development of diabetic retinopathy.

In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, treatment includes regular monitoring of the eyes. Sometimes medications can help prevent the formation of more abnormal vessels. As the disease progresses, laser procedures can stop fluid leakage and eliminate abnormal vessels.

Schedule an Exam with Our Optometrists in Cincinnati, OH

Take an active role in preserving your sight with regular vision exams. At Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates, we provide exceptional optometric services for patients in Amelia, Batavia, and Cincinnati, OH. We are happy to explain every procedure and answer all patient questions regarding diabetic retinopathy and other vision issues. Take a moment today to call us at 513-753-4981 to schedule an exam with one of our optometrists.

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