Patients with diabetes can develop a serious sight-threatening complication known as diabetic retinopathy. Recognised as the most common diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy occurs due to changes in the blood vessels of the retina. These changes may be expressed as blood vessels that swell and leak fluid, or completely close off, or grow abnormal new vessels on the surface of the retina. There are two classifications for diabetic retinopathy, the earliest form is NPDR or Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy, and the more advanced stage is PDR, or Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy.
For patients local to Blenheim, Dr. David Oliphant is prepared to perform diabetic retinopathy testing, and work with you to manage your diabetic retinopathy effectively before your symptoms can worsen.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy treated?
Diabetic retinopathy treatments depend upon the severity of the disease. It may be necessary to seal leaking blood vessels, or keep new leaky blood vessels from developing, with laser surgery. Injections of medications into the eye may be required to prevent new blood vessel formation or reduce inflammation. In more complex cases, a surgical procedure may be needed to remove and replace the gel-like fluid, called the vitreous, within the eye. A separation of the light-receiving lining in the back of the eye, known as retinal detachment, resulting from diabetic retinopathy, may also require surgical repair.
Diabetic Retinopathy consultations available to Blenheim, Ontario
You can have the help you need for diabetic retinopathy symptoms, and ensure that your vision receives proper care, available local to Blenheim.
Please call the Complete Eye & Vision Clinic to have our team arrange a consultation with Dr. Oliphant to assess your condition and help you consider the best way forward.