Diabetes affects millions of Americans. A disorder of blood sugar regulation, this condition is associated with widespread inflammation and can lead to problems within several major areas in the body–including vision and eye health. Dr. Brian J. Courtright, O.D., is honored to be your eye doctor in Prescott Valley; he’s helped hundreds of people manage their symptoms related to diabetes to maximize vision.
Diabetic Retinopathy Causes & Symptoms
Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive eye disease that occurs when small blood vessels supplying the retina become leaky; this happens due to the inflammation associated with the underlying diabetic condition. Over time, these leaky blood vessels cause degradation and scarring of the retinal tissue. Because your retina is so crucial for collecting visual information, this gradual deterioration can lead to progressive vision loss and blindness if left untreated.
Additional symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include impaired night time vision and seeing floaters or blind spots in the visual field. Importantly, these symptoms often do not present until long after the diabetic retinopathy has already developed. Because early detection and treatment are critical for controlling the progression of the disease, it’s extremely important that anyone who has diabetes has their eyes regularly examined by an eye doctor.
Treatment Of Diabetic Retinopathy By Our Eye Doctor In Prescott Valley
If you or a loved one has diabetes, our eye doctor in Prescott Valley can conduct a thorough diabetic eye exam. We’ll most likely recommend that you schedule these exams on a regular basis, so our team can carefully monitor the progression of your eye health and vision.
Here’s what to expect at a diabetic eye exam at Prescott Valley Eye Care:
- A thorough patient history questionnaire
- Visual acuity tests
- Examination of the internal and external anatomy of the eyes
- Measurement of the inner eye pressure
- OPTOS+ digital ultra-widefield retinal imaging of both eyes to document any retinal pathology
- Zeiss Cirrus OCT3 digital macular scans to document diabetic macular edema or other pathology at the cellular level.
Based on the results of our examination, our eye doctor will then prescribe the most appropriate treatment to manage your vision and control your disease. Treatments are customized to meet the needs of the individual patient, but may include:
- Informing your primary care physician and/or endocrinologist of your diabetic eye examination results. These are very helpful to your physicians in modifying your treatment regimen, if needed.
- Corrective eyewear, including glasses and/or contact lenses (these prescriptions may need to be adjusted)
- Education to the patient to help manage underlying diabetes; this may include diet and lifestyle guidance, including smoking cessation
- If your optometrist finds diabetic retinopathy that is causing potentially sight-threatening damage to your retina, we will refer you to a retinal specialist for evaluation a treatment. These treatments may involve adding more blood sugar medications, laser treatments of the retina, intraocular medications, and or vitrectomy.
Schedule A Prescott Valley Eye Exam
Dr. Courtright and the rest of his team at Prescott Valley Eye Care would be honored to help you and your loved ones manage your diabetic retinopathy. If you need to schedule a Prescott valley eye exam, then call us now at 928 771-9939. We look forward to meeting with you!