Diabetic patients can develop diabetic retinopathy, an acute complication that can be sight-threatening. This condition is the most common diabetic eye disease, caused by changes to the blood vessels of the retina. With diabetic retinopathy, the retinal blood vessels sometimes swell and leak fluid, or even close off completely. There are cases where abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina itself. Diabetic retinopathy is classified into two types. In its infancy it is Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR), and in more advanced form it is Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy or (PDR).
Local to Tilbury is a trusted eye doctor, Dr. David Oliphant, who is ready and able to offer diabetic retinopathy testing. You will be better able to keep your diabetic retinopathy symptoms from worsening when you start to manage your condition effectively.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy treated?
Care for diabetic retinopathy will depend upon the severity of the condition. This may require laser surgery to seal leaking blood vessels or to keep new leaky blood vessels from developing. Treatment may include injections of medications into the eye to reduce inflammation, or prevent new blood vessel formation. A surgical procedure may be used in more advanced cases to remove and replace the gel-like fluid in the back of the eye, called the vitreous. If diabetic retinopathy results in a retinal detachment, a separation of the light-receiving lining in the back of the eye, surgical repair may also be required.
Diabetic Retinopathy consultations available to Tilbury, Ontario
If diabetic retinopathy symptoms are complicating your life, and you live near the Tilbury area, please seek help without delay. Make certain that your vision is protected.
By calling our helpful team at the Complete Eye & Vision Clinic, you can arrange an appointment with Dr. Oliphant, who will help you assess your situation and offer guidance on potential treatment options.