Diabetic Eye Disease
Did you know Diabetes could affect your vision?
Diabetes is a very serious disease that can impact your vision causing vision loss and even blindness. Ram Eye Care and Retina Center has specialized in the treatment of diabetic eye disease since 1997. We utilize premier state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat your condition. Saving your sight is our passion!
What is diabetic eye disease?
Diabetic eye disease is a cluster of problems that can occur in individuals who have diabetes and include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma. The most common form of diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. A healthy retina is required for good vision. The function of the retina is to translate images seen and transmit them to the brain for visual identification. High sugar levels can impact your retina causing vision loss or blindness. Early detection and preventative steps are critical, as this disease is not curable.
What can I do to help prevent diabetic eye disease?
Early detection and treatment can help you avoid vision loss!
While there is no inoculation to prevent diabetic eye disease, there are effective ways to minimize your risk. By engaging in the following you can help preserve your vision.
• Visit Ram Eye Care and Retina Center at least once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye examination – As with many diseases, diabetic eye disease does not have symptoms in its initial stages. A thorough eye examination will detect early signs of the condition allowing you to receive treatment immediately.
• Control your Blood Sugar – The effects of high blood sugar on your body range from fatigue and headaches to impaired concentration and blurred vision. It can also be a contributing factor to diabetic eye disease as high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in your eyes.
• Control your blood pressure – Your risk for developing diabetic eye disease and experiencing vision loss is greater if your blood pressure or cholesterol is high. Keeping both under control can reduce the chance of many complications associated with diabetes.
• Schedule an appointment with Ram Eye Care and Retina Center immediately if you notice changes in your vision. Symptoms such as double vision, pain, floaters or flashes, blurred vision and tunnel vision may be symptoms of damage to your retina. Left untreated retinal conditions can cause severe vision loss and blindness.
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
Once diagnosed, there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. After a comprehensive dilated eye examination, a treatment plan will be initiated to help slow the progression of the disease. We will walk you through every step of your treatment plan, answer any questions you may have and provide our professional opinion of your prognosis. Each treatment is based on your individual needs and could include injectable medications, laser surgery or a vitrectomy. Our goal is to slow the progression of the disease, preserving your sight.
Why choose Ram Eye Care and Retina Center
For over 20 years, Ram Eye Care and Retina Center has provided unprecedented eye care with compassion and superior customer service. Utilizing state of the art diagnostic methods, Dr. Ramchander, M.D. provides patients and their families with a thorough understanding of the nature of their diabetic eye disease and all possible treatment options. When you choose Ram Eye Care and Retina Center, you can expect a knowledgeable and professional team in a caring environment. Dr. Ramchander, M.D. and his team understand the anxiety, stress and depression associated with diabetic eye disease, and treat every patient with the care and concern they deserve. If you or a family member feel you have an eye problem, call our office to schedule an appointment at either of our convenient locations in The Villages or Leesburg.