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Get to Know Diabetic Retinopathy and How to Avoid It

shutterstock_11269609Diabetes, when uncontrolled and mismanaged, can bring about a lot of complications involving the different systems in the body — including the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease where blood vessels in the retina get damaged. When left untreated, diabetes and its complications in the eye can lead to blindness.

Spot Diabetic Retinopathy at the Earliest Time Possible!

The early stages of diabetic retinopathy usually do not exhibit signs and symptoms, which is why regular trips to your eye doctor are important, especially with diabetes around. When this eye condition progresses, certain signs and symptoms are already noticeable, which include:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Floaters, or spots and strings that frequently float around your vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Fluctuating or diminishing vision
  • Difficulty in perceiving colors
  • Empty or dark areas in the field of vision

When to Give Your Eye Doctor a Visit

The best way to prevent loss of vision is to carefully manage your diabetes by getting your blood glucose levels under control. Moreover, individuals who have diabetes are recommended to sign up for an annual dilated eye exam — even when your vision seems fine. This procedure is important in determining the presence of diabetic retinopathy even in its early stages. Pregnant patients are also recommended to undergo other additional eye examinations throughout the pregnancy since pregnant women tend to experience progressed diabetic retinopathy.

Seek Immediate Care

If you notice a sudden change in your vision, such as blurring, spotting, or haziness, seek professional help immediately.

Diabetic Eye Care in Fargo, ND

To learn more about diabetic eye diseases and how to avoid them, give us a call today at 701-235-5200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thom. We look forward to hearing from you!

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