Diabetic Retinopathy

People with diabetes are more like to develop symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy. At Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates, we offer a comprehensive exam to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy. Call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online today!
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Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates

Pittsburgh's Most Reliable, Local Ophthalmologists, located in Natrona Heights, PA

Diabetic retinopathy remains the number one cause of blindness. Diabetic retinopathy causes changes in the blood vessels in the eyes. In some cases, new and abnormal blood vessels grow, and in other cases, existing blood vessels swell and leak.

An eye exam is the single most important way to prevent the progression of diabetic retinopathy. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three people with diabetes have symptoms of diabetic retinopathy In addition, over four percent of those with diabetes is already showing signs of advanced stage diabetic retinopathy which may lead to blindness.  At Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates, we offer a comprehensive exam to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy. Contact us at our office in Natrona Heights, PA, to explore our practice’s treatment and testing options. Call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online.

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FAQs on Diabetic Retinopathy:

 

What Are the Signs of Diabetic Retinopathy?

The signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include visual field loss, impaired color vision, contrast sensitivity, and dark adaptation and increased glare sensitivity.

 

Who is at Risk to Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of new cases of blindness in the United States. Numerous factors may cause or worsen diabetic retinopathy, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Poor sugar control
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

 

Is Surgery a Treatment Option for Diabetic Retinopathy?

In some cases, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser surgery. The procedure aims a strong beam of light onto the retina to shrink or seal leaking or abnormal vessels. Even surgery can't restore vision that is already lost, which is why early detection is so important. 

 

What is Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy?

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is an advanced stage of the disease, occurs when abnormal blood vessels appear on the surface of the retina. These abnormal blood vessels are prone to bleeding and lead to the formation of scar tissue, which can cause retinal detachment and permanent vision loss.

 

How to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy?

Maintaining controlled blood glucose and blood pressure levels can protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy Studies also show that taking Vitamin D can also slow the progression. You should undergo eye screening for retinopathy if you are diagnosed with diabetes. If you would like to know more about the condition, our expert ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology can help you regain your vision. Call our Natrona Heights office or book an appointment using the easy online booking tool today!

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