“Vision loss from diabetes is something we at Baltimore Washington Eye Center feel is both manageable and preventable,” explained Arturo Betancourt, M.D.
“Diabetes is a major risk factor for cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which is the most severe of these three eye diseases,” Dr. Betancourt further explained. “Certainly laser cataract surgery and implants can give us excellent results for diabetic cataract problems, and we have effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy such as diabetic laser treatment and therapeutic injections of Lucentis® and Eyelea®, we know that the most helpful advice is for diabetic patients to follow some guidelines and take some proactive steps to preserve their vision,” stressed Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. Here are some Diabetic Eye Disease Guidelines from BW Eye Center:
“In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy may have no symptoms. Having a yearly dilated eye exam allows the doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center to examine the retina and optic nerve more thoroughly for signs of damage before changes in vision occur,” commented Andrew Hammer, M.D. “The key here is that by regularly monitoring the eye health of those with diabetes, it allows us to begin treatment as soon as possible if signs of diabetic eye disease-cataracts, glaucoma and especially diabetic retinopathy-do appear. In particular we want to alert women with diabetes who become pregnant that they may need additional eye exams throughout their pregnancy, as pregnancy can sometimes worsen diabetic retinopathy,” Dr. Spagnolo.
“High blood glucose or sugar levels damages the tiny blood vessels in the eyes. This damage is called microangiopathy. Often, this will result in swelling in the retina including a common diabetic vision problem called diabetic macular edema…..
Source: Baltimore Washington Eye Center