Diabetic Retinopathy

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye problem that can lead to vision loss and even blindness. It is most common in people with diabetes who do not control their blood sugar well.

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

Most people with diabetic retinopathy have no symptoms during the early stages of the disease. This is when treatment works best. For this reason, is important to get screened for the condition early. That way, doctors can take steps to protect your eyes before your vision is damaged.

When symptoms start, they can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dark or floating spots
  • Trouble seeing things that are at the center of your focus when reading or driving
  • Trouble telling colors apart

Is there a test for diabetic retinopathy?

Yes. We performs tests for diabetic retinopathy, including dilated eye exams and retinal imaging.

People with diabetes should have their eyes checked regularly. If you have retinopathy, you will need to get checked at least once a year, maybe more. If not, you might only need to get checked every 2 years. Your doctor will work with you to decide on a schedule.

  • For people with type 1 diabetes, eye exams should start 3 to 5 years after diagnosis.
  • For people with type 2 diabetes, eye exams should start right after diagnosis.

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

We provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art management of diabetic retinopathy at our center. This includes medical and surgical treatment. A more detailed list of procedures offered and conditions treated can be found here. Click here for more procedures