It’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of people who have had diabetes for more than 10 years will suffer from an eye condition called diabetic retinopathy. If it goes untreated, diabetic retinopathy can result in severe vision impairment and even blindness. At our Monterey and Salinas eye care clinics, our team of trained eye care professionals can help patients with diabetic retinopathy deal with this health condition and its associated side effects. This is one of many reasons that patients throughout the area turn to Monterey County Eye Associates for their various vision care needs.
It may be best to first define diabetic retinopathy and what it involves. Diabetic retinopathy is what happens when a person with diabetes has blood vessels that grow abnormally. If the eye condition progresses, these blood vessels can leak fluid on the retina, affecting a person’s vision. It can be hard to detect diabetic retinopathy in its earliest stages, so it’s important that you have a regular eye examination to ensure it is caught as soon as possible.
If you have this eye condition, there are plenty of options for Salinas diabetic retinopathy treatment. Should we catch it early, you may be able to manage diabetic retinopathy through simple lifestyle changes rather than more invasive therapies. More advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy can be dealt with through laser photocoagulation and vitrectomy. The firmer involves laser treatment of the blood vessels in the eye and the later involves the replacement of the vitreous gel within the eye with a safe solution.
Determining which treatment option right for you will involve a full consultation so we can assess your overall eye health. It’s for that reason you should contact our Monterey and Salinas eye doctors and ophthalmologists as soon as possible. The entire team here at Monterey County Eye Associates will be here to answer your questions and address your concerns through every step of treatment.