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Insight Eyecare Jenks: Diabetic Retinopathy

There are certain medical conditions that are going to continue to become more and more common in society and one of these is diabetes. When someone has been diagnosed with diabetes there are a number of complications that everyone must watch out for. One of the most common, and most serious, is called diabetic retinopathy. This condition can progress quickly and can rob someone of their vision, quality of life, and overall health. Because of this, there is some important information that everyone should keep in mind. The helpful optometry professionals from Insight Eyecare Jenks are here to educate everyone. 

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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness across the world. When someone has diabetes, it is important for them to keep their glucose and HbA1c under control. If not, the blood vessels that supply their eyes will become damaged. Unfortunately, there are no warning signs that this eye condition might be progressing. It is important for everyone with diabetes to make sure that they get an exam on a regular basis. Some of the signs that the doctor might look for include macular edema and flame hemorrhages. if this condition starts to progress, it will be important to get a trained eye doctor to treat it before it starts to rob someone of their vision.

What are the Treatment Options for Diabetic Retinopathy?

Typically, diabetic retinopathy is treated by simply keeping glucose, insulin, and HbA1c under control. If the condition starts to progress to the point that it is causing vision loss, there are certain surgical procedures that can be performed to treat the symptoms. Using a laser, a trained surgeon can actually reshape the retina, restoring someone's vision. This is sometimes referred to as a vitrectomy. This can only be done so many times which is why it is vital for everyone with diabetic retinopathy to make sure that they are taking their insulin and following their diet as instructed by their doctor.

Rely on the Care and Compassion of Insight Eyecare Jenks

Diabetic retinopathy has the potential to do serious harm to someone's overall health. That is why everyone in the Jenks area should rely on the professionals from Insight Eyecare Jenks. We have the latest tools and treatment options to keep everyone's vision functioning well into their later years. With careful diabetes management and our treatment team, we will do everything in our power to keep your vision healthy. If you have questions or concerns about diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, please call us today at 918-299-2020 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you and your family with all of your concerns. 

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