November has been declared by Prevent Blindness as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month to educate the public and our patients on the effects of diabetes on vision, risk factors and treatment options that we here at New Vision Laser Center can help treatment for you. Diabetic Retinopathy, one of the eye diseases associated with diabetes, is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults and can aslo be one of the most preventable.
- Mild non-proliferative retinopathy: Small areas of swelling occur in the retina’s blood vessels.
- Moderate non-proliferative retinopathy: Blood vessels that nourish the retina become blocked or congested
- Severe non-proliferative retinopathy: More blood vessels become blocked, which ultimately disrupts the blood supply that nourishes the retina. The damaged retina then signals the body to produce new blood vessels.
- Proliferative retinopathy: At this advanced stage, signals sent by the retina trigger the development of new blood vessels that grow (or proliferate) in the retina and the vitreous, which is a transparent gel that fills the interior of the eye. Because these new blood vessels are abnormal, they can rupture and bleed, causing hemorrhages in the retina or vitreous. Scar tissue can develop and can tug at the retina, causing further damage or even retinal detachment.
If you have any swelling sensation or believe that you may have the beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy please give our office a call to discuss the further treatment options.