If diabetics allow chronic high glucose levels to damage small blood vessels in their retinas, they can develop “diabetic retinopathy.” While the condition generally causes no symptoms in its early stage, it can eventually lead to blurry vision, floaters, flashes of light in the peripheral area of vision, and even sudden blindness in one eye. To prevent these unwanted outcomes, those with diabetes are strongly urged to control their blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure and get regular eye exams. It is also important that the eye doctor monitor the development of “diabetic macular edema,” swelling of the macula due to fluid leakage and accumulation, and “proliferative diabetic retinopathy,” the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic macular edema (DME) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) can be managed with intraocular injections of medication, laser surgery, and direct surgery of the retina.
Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes. People who have diabetic retinopathy often don’t notice changes in their vision in the disease’s early stages. At MAYO EYE CENTER, our goal is to provide you and your family with quality, convenient, affordable eye and vision care while giving you the attention you deserve. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd. Call us at 662.234.3937. We are here to serve you with the finest medical eye care possible. We’re “Setting the standard for patient-centered eye care in North Central Mississippi.”