Diabetes affects cells and organs throughout the body, and the retina is particularly vulnerable. This disease damages the retina, which is the crucial part of the eye that converts light energy into nerve impulses the brain can interpret as images.
Over time, diabetes attacks the small blood vessels of the retina. Damage to these vessels can cause swelling and bleeding in the retina or the growth of abnormal vessels. This is called diabetic retinopathy, a serious condition that can lead to irreversible vision loss.
If you have diabetes, you are likely to develop some degree of diabetic retinopathy. Studies show that 25% of people with diabetes had some form of retinal changes after three to four years. After 15 years, an astounding 80% of people with diabetes showed signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Advanced Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
Although diabetic retinopathy often presents with no symptoms, certain signs should be concerning. These include persistent blurry vision, fluctuating vision or a sudden onset of new floaters. The Philadelphia ophthalmologists at Bloom Eye Associates offer advanced diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and can treat it using laser technology as well as VEG-F blockers.
Early diagnosis and treatment are paramount to preserving your vision, particularly when it comes to diabetic retinopathy. Call and schedule your comprehensive eye exam at Bloom Eye Associates today, or request an appointment online. Our office is located directly across from Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Bloom Eye Associates proudly serves Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas.