Macias Eye Medical Centers Offers Care for Diabetic Retinopathy
Individuals with diabetes must take special care of their eyes, which can become damaged by high glucose levels in the bloodstream. Diabetic retinopathy requires careful monitoring of your eyes by a skilled eye professional, to prevent damage that can threaten your vision. At Macias Eye Medical Centers in San Bernardino, Riverside and Fontana, CA, we provide careful monitoring of diabetic retinopathy for our patients with diabetes.
Diabetes & Eye Health
Diabetes is a medical condition in which insufficient insulin is produced by the body that is critical to removing glucose from the bloodstream. When glucose begins to build up in the body, it can cause damage to blood vessels and organs. The eyes are particularly vulnerable to this damage because of the delicacy of the blood vessels. Diabetes can cause the blood vessels to leak fluid or cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, which is a vision emergency.
Regular Eye Exams Are Critical for Individuals With Diabetes
Your physician will recommend more frequent visits to the eye doctor to protect your eyes and to provide appropriate treatment to preserve your vision. Using special equipment, the eye doctor will examine your eyes carefully for leakage of blood or fluid, as well as any changes in eye tissue. If a problem is found, your eye doctor will recommend treatment to repair the damage, so you can continue to see well for everyday activities.
Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy
Your eye doctor may use medications to help limit the damage caused by diabetes. Anti-VEGF drugs reduce swelling in the macula of the eyes, a structure that is critical to vision. Cortisone drugs are also used to reduce swelling. Laser surgery may be needed to shrink blood vessels. Vitrectomy is another type of eye surgery that removes some of the vitreous gel and blood to permit better vision. The eye doctor will also encourage you to see your doctor to help manage your blood sugar levels and blood pressure well, to protect your vision.
Make Macias Eye Medical Centers Your Choice for Comprehensive Eye Care
Dr. Macias, Dr. Hang, and Dr. Tran combine their extensive knowledge of vision care and eye health to provide care for their patients in San Bernardino, Fontana and Riverside, CA. We offer many eye and vision care services, including vision exams, contact lens fitting, pediatric vision care, eye surgery and management of eye diseases. At Macias Eye Medical Centers in San Bernardino, Riverside and Fontana, CA, we provide monitoring and treatment of diabetic retinopathy problems in diabetic patients. You can call us at 909-885-3933 to schedule an appointment today!