Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially dangerous disease that can affect the eyes of those with type one or type two diabetes. At Retina Consultants of Long Island, we take diabetic retinopathy seriously and we’re pleased to offer retinal laser therapy to treat it. So if you have already been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy or if you have diabetes at all, you should call us and schedule an exam with our Hewlett retina specialist, Dr. Edward M. Stroh.
When caught early, diabetic retinopathy can be treated effectively. However, if not addressed promptly, it can result in damage to your blood vessels and even permanent vision loss in extreme cases. There are often no symptoms at first. If you are diabetic, it is even more important to have a yearly eye exam with our Hewlett retina specialist than it is for other people. When diabetic retinopathy has caused damage and other less invasive treatments have proven to be ineffective or the injury to the eye has become too severe, retinal laser therapy can be used to shrink the blood vessels in your retina that have become abnormally large due to retinopathy and have begun to bleed into the vitreous ( the gel-like and transparent fluid in the center of your eye).
Multiple lasers are used by our Hewlett retina specialist. There are risks, however. You could lose some of your peripheral vision (side to side) after the surgery. While it is uncommon for lost vision to be recovered from this procedure, in most cases it is successful in maintaining central vision and in preventing any additional vision loss. Of course, the primary goal is to prevent reaching the point where retinal laser therapy is necessary at all.
The best strategy for you if you are diabetic is to make sure that you get a complete eye exam with our Hewlett retina specialist every year without fail. That along with employing the best methods for keeping your blood sugar regulated in conjunction with your primary physician will give you the best chance to keep diabetic retinopathy from causing you ill effects. Staying on top of your eye health is our goal and with your help, we can do it.