One of the complications that can accompany type one or type two diabetes is the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. And while it is treatable, it is very important that it gets diagnosed and addressed as early as possible. Here at Retina Consultants of Long Island, we have options for managing diabetic retinopathy, including retinal laser therapy. The goal of our retinal care in Oceanside is to prevent vision loss and damage to your eyes as a result of diabetic retinopathy. This is more likely to occur when the disease has had a chance to progress without being detected. In its first stages, there are no symptoms to alert you to its presence. That is why, even more so than for other patients, it is vital for anyone with diabetes to have a yearly eye exam.
Your blood vessels can become damaged, and can leak blood into your eyes in the most advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy. Even permanent vision loss is possible in extreme cases. Our retinal care in Oceanside will determine the most appropriate method of treatment for you. Retinal laser therapy is a highly effective and safe way to shrink the blood vessels in your retina that have become abnormally large as a result of diabetic retinopathy. Blood may start to find its way into the vitreous, which is the gel-like and transparent fluid in the center of your eye.
Our retinal care in Oceanside used multiple lasers for the most accurate results. As with any surgery, however, there are risks to consider, including the possible loss of some peripheral (side-to-side) vision. Retinal laser therapy typically is most successful in maintaining your central vision, and in preventing any further vision loss.
While such procedures can sometimes be the best choice, there is no substitute for prevention. Our retinal care in Oceanside would like to help you to avoid eye damage and vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. In addition to annual eye exams, follow your primary doctor’s recommendations regarding diet, exercise, and medication as it relates to your diabetes. With proper attention, the likelihood of suffering the effects of diabetic retinopathy will be greatly reduced.