Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes, known as the most common diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina change. Sometimes these blood vessels swell and leak fluid or even close off completely. In other cases, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. There are two types of diabetic retinopathy, Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) which is the disease in its infancy, and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) which is diabetic retinopathy in its more advanced form.
Dr. David Oliphant is a trusted eye doctor local to Chatham-Kent and is able to provide diabetic retinopathy testing so that you can start to manage your condition effectively before your diabetic retinopathy symptoms worsen.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy treated?
Treatment of diabetic retinopathy varies depending on the extent of the disease. You may require laser surgery to seal leaking blood vessels or to discourage new leaky blood vessels from forming. Injections of medications into the eye may be needed to decrease inflammation or stop the formation of new blood vessels. In more advanced cases, a surgical procedure to remove and replace the gel-like fluid in the back of the eye, called the vitreous, may be needed. A retinal detachment, defined as a separation of the light-receiving lining in the back of the eye, resulting from diabetic retinopathy, may also require surgical repair.
Diabetic Retinopathy consultations available to Chatham-Kent
If you are suffering from complications from diabetic retinopathy and are local to Chatham-Kent, it’s important that you seek help immediately to ensure that your vision is cared for.
The team at the Complete Eye & Vision Clinic can arrange an appointment with Dr. Oliphant, who will help you assess your situation and can advise you on the best course of action.