Patients with diabetes may also suffer from an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. This is when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels within the retina. These blood vessels can leak and swell. It is also possible that these vessels become blocked, impeding blood flow. Your vision can be highly impacted if abnormal vessels grow on the retina. If you are looking for diabetic eye care from an eye doctor near me, Dr. Leroy Vaughn of Eye Care for Diabetics Medical Group Inc. is ready to assist you.
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
It is possible to not know you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy even though you may have it. This is because in the early stages there are usually no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, the symptoms will become noticeable and include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye floaters
- Changes in vision
- Dark areas in your field of vision
- Vision loss
- Colors appear faded or washed out
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our eye doctor will put drops into your eyes to dilate your pupil. This allows him to see the inside of your eye. Fluorescein angiography may also be completed to determine what exactly is happening inside your retina. This procedure involves the use of a yellow dye that is injected into a vein that travels through your blood vessels. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy varies depends on what our eye doctor sees when looking into your eyes. Potential treatment options include:
- Medicine: Anti-VEGF medication is commonly used to reduce swelling of the macula, thus improving your vision. This medication is administered via eye injections. The number of injections you need will be determined by our ophthalmologist.
- Laser surgery: To repair leaking blood vessels, laser surgery is sometimes necessary. This can help reduce retinal swelling by shrinking the blood vessels. Depending on your condition, more than one treatment may be needed.
- Vitrectomy: This surgery involves the use of vitreous gel and blood produced from leaking vessels in the back of the eye. Our eye surgeon may also remove scar tissue from the retina during the surgery.
Contact Us for Diabetic Eye Care in Inglewood
If you are looking for diabetic retinopathy treatment in Inglewood, CA, contact Leroy Vaughn, MD – Eye Care for Diabetics Medical Group Inc. Dr. Vaughn will evaluate your eyes to determine whether or not you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy and provide treatment accordingly. Call us today at (310) 671-0909 for more information or to schedule an appointment.