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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic Retinopathy at Your Mt. Pleasant Optometrist 

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As your Mt. Pleasant optometrist, H. Arnold Papernick offers diabetic retinopathy diagnosis. Diabetic retinopathy is a common type of eye disease that occurs among individuals with diabetes. If you have diabetes you want to keep your vision checked with regular eye exams in order to detect diabetic retinopathy at its onset. Find out what you can expect when you go to your Mt. Pleasant optometrist for diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in the tissue around the retina becomes damaged. For diabetics, this commonly happens when blood sugar levels are not controlled. Once these blood vessels are damaged or destroyed the retina loses its ability to gain nutrients and oxygen from the patient’s blood stream. This can lead to serious eye conditions including retinal tears, retinal detachment, and blindness.

What are the Signs of Diabetic Retinopathy?

If you have diabetes you want to be aware of the signs of diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease cannot be cured, but it can be managed with the proper diagnosis and treatment by an ophthalmologist. Early signs of diabetic retinopathy include blurred vision, floaters in the eye, and dark areas in your vision. You may also have trouble distinguishing colors. If left untreated, this disease can cause blindness. 

How Does My Mt. Pleasant Optometrist Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy?

As your Mt. Pleasant optometrist Dr. H. Arnold Papernick uses the latest in technological advancements to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. Following a medical eye exam to diagnose your eye disease, Dr. Papernick may determine that you do not need treatment immediately and recommend lifestyle advice regarding managing your diabetes so that the eye disease does not worsen. If you do have advanced stage diabetic retinopathy, you may be referred to a licensed ophthalmologist for additional treatment or eye surgery, such as scatter laser or focal laser treatments.

Schedule a Visit to Your Mt. Pleasant Optometrist

If you are ready to check your eyes for diabetic retinopathy, visit Dr. H. Arnold Papernick, your Mt. Pleasant optometrist. At H. Arnold Papernick you will be seen in a warm and welcoming manner, and provided with the latest in technological services for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy. To schedule your appointment, call us at (724) 547-5711 today.