Diabetic Retinopathy in Napa, CA

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that damages the blood vessels in the back of the eye (the retina). Diabetic retinopathy causes the blood vessels to swell and leak, leading to the prevention of blood flow and delivery of nutrients to the eye. When these nutrients are not delivered, several ocular ailments can develop including macular edema, retinal detachment, glaucoma and more. Unfortunately, symptoms of this condition often do not develop until the advanced stages of the disease. This makes routine eye exams at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley very important for our local Napa, Sonoma, and St. Helena patients with diabetes.

How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

Diabetic retinopathy has two stages, non-proliferative (earlier stage) and proliferative (advanced stage). Symptoms can include blurry vision, dark spots, floaters, and vision loss. Our team will begin with a comprehensive eye exam. Diabetic retinopathy can be well-managed with a multi--modal approach. At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, we use a variety of treatments including eye injections and lasers. When we perform laser treatment, one of our board-certified doctors will focus a laser beam on the retina. The laser can decrease the growth of new blood vessels that are detrimental to your vision. The eye injections decrease retinal swelling as well as decrease the growth of unnecessary blood vessels. These procedures take between 15 - 30 minutes to complete, after which you may experience some redness and/or irritation. We often schedule a follow-up to check your progress and healing. It is also extremely important to manage your diabetes with your primary care provider and keep up with your scheduled eye exams.

Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

For diabetic patients, maintaining eye care and proper control of your blood sugar level is important since anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. Identifying this condition early on can help preserve your vision and reduce damage to the retina. If you have diabetes, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley to determine if you have this condition. If so, we can help with state-of-the-art treatments such as laser surgery or eye injections. For more information, contact our Napa, CA office today.

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