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Diabetic Eye Disease
The eye care specialists at Lavenburg Medical Group offer diabetic eye exams for patients located in Wilmington and Newark, Delaware; Elkton and North East, Maryland and surrounding areas in Delaware, Maryland and southeast Pennsylvania.
If you are a diabetic patient, please make sure to read carefully through our section regarding diabetes and the eye. Since diabetic eye disease may be developing even when your sight is good, regular eye exams are absolutely critical for finding problems early.
How Do I Know if I need Diabetic Eye Treatment?
Many diabetic patients may notice signs of vision changes. If you're having trouble reading, if your vision is blurry, or if you're seeing flashes and floaters you may be experiencing problems related to diabetes. If you are a diabetic patient of our practice it is very important that you mention this to one of our eye doctors at the Lavenburg Medical Group.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
The most common cause of visual impairment in people with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which changes occur in the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, small blood vessels weaken and leak fluid or tiny amounts of blood, which distort the retina slightly. The key is whether the disease progresses past this stage.
The chances of having some form of diabetic retinopathy increase the longer a person has had diabetes. Retinopathy is present in 90 percent of those who have had the disease for more than 20 years. Research has shown that severe visual loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented or delayed by laser treatment in some cases. This is of course true if the retinopathy is diagnosed early enough.
How Can I Reduce the Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy?
A diabetic can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by using common sense and taking good care of him or herself:
- Keep blood sugar well controlled
- Monitor blood pressure and keep it well controlled, or seek appropriate care
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- See an eye doctor for a dilated eye exam at least once a year
If you are seeking a diabetic eye exam in Delaware and Maryland, please call our practice to schedule your personalized comprehensive evaluation. In many cases your medical insurance plan will pay for the evaluation. Our doctors are experienced in managing and treating those patients with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in Delaware and Maryland. Please view our Facebook page for more information about the Lavenburg Medical Group and the DelMar Surgical and Cosmetic Treatment Center.