Diabetic Retinopathy

Michigan Eyecare Institute: Diabetic Retinopathy

Those who have spent time in the healthcare field likely have seen the rapid growth of individuals with diabetes. Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes need to make sure that they keep their glucose and insulin under control. There are a few common complications of diabetes including kidney problems, nerve issues, and diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease can result from poor diabetic control and can cause someone to lose their vision. Because of this, it is important for everyone to understand the basics of diabetic retinopathy and how it might impact their vision. The educated team from the Michigan Eyecare Institute is here to make sure that everyone in the Southfield, Livonia, and Dearborn areas have access to an experienced eye doctor. 


How Does Diabetic Retinopathy Develop?

When someone develops diabetes, they are at risk of developing a complication called diabetic retinopathy. This condition develops when the average glucose level in the blood is too high. This glucose can damage the blood vessels that supply the eyes, leading to damage to the retina. When this happens, individuals might start to notice dark spots in their visual field or blurry vision overall. In this case, individuals need to visit the eye doctor to have their eyes checked. Experienced ophthalmologists can help people control their diabetes and maintain their vision.

How is This Complication Treated?

When someone is trying to prevent diabetic retinopathy, the best way to do so is to keep their diabetes under control. We understand that this isn't always the case which is why individuals need to work with our team and have their eyes checked regularly. When diabetic retinopathy starts to progress to the point of damaging vision, it is also possible to have eye surgery to try to preserve the working areas of the retina. This can help fix some of the dark spots and blurry vision that people are familiar with. This surgery is handled on a case by case basis.

Trust the Optometrists at the Michigan Eyecare Institute

It is important for everyone with diabetes to make sure that they keep their sugar under control. This is will help preserve their vision. Those who have questions or concerns about their eye care need to contact the Michigan Eyecare Institute today to learn more about our services. We have a group of trained ophthalmologists who can help individuals with diabetes maintain their vision into their later years. Our optometrists are here to educate everyone in the Southfield, Livonia, and Dearborn areas on the importance of diabetic eye care and eye surgery. Please call us today at 248-352-2806 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you and your family!

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