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Diabetic Eye Care

 
 
 

Diabetic Eye Care

Your vision is one of your most important assets and protecting it should be a priority for patients with diabetes. Since diabetic eye diseases may cause permanent vision loss, scheduling your comprehensive eye exam is important. At Fort Collins Family Eye Care your wellness is our first priority and we are committed to giving you unparalleled diabetic eye care in Fort Collins.

Protect your vision. If you share in our preventative mindset and want to reduce your risk of diabetes, reserve your next appointment with us today.


Why Diabetic Eye Care is Important

Your overall wellness is connected to your vision. All forms of diabetic eye disease can cause severe or permanent vision loss and blindness. However, early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease can dramatically decrease your chances of experiencing vision loss. Additionally, controlling your diabetes and taking proper care of your health can prevent future vision loss. Diopsys technology allows us to assess how healthy your retina is.

Dr. Munson is able to detect the earliest signs of diabetic eye disease during your regular comprehensive vision exam. Since some forms of diabetic eye diseases are asymptomatic before you experience actual vision loss, including diabetic eye care into your wellness routine is essential.

Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic retinopathy is asymptomatic until you experience vision loss. If you start experiencing any of the following symptoms, schedule an eye care exam with Dr. Munson today.

  • “Floating” spots in your vision

  • Blurred vision

  • Distorted vision

  • Dark areas in vision

  • Blind spots in vision

  • Trouble discerning color




What Causes Diabetic Eye Diseases

Your retinas are made up of tiny blood vessels, and sustained high blood sugar from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your retina. The disruption of these blood vessels causes many conditions that contribute to vision loss and blindness.



Types of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among patients with diabetes. This diabetic eye disease affects the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to leak or bleed. Consequently, patients with diabetic retinopathy may experience distorted vision or, depending on the severity, vision loss due to scarring or cell loss in the retina.

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

Diabetic macular edema occurs as a result of diabetic retinopathy. DME is characterized by the build-up of fluid in the macula, a region near the center of your retina. This can cause blurred or distorted vision along with vision loss.

Other ways diabetes can affect your vision:

Cataracts

While everyone can get cataracts, patients with diabetes tend to get them earlier. Cataracts are characterized by the clouding of the lens of your eye.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common eye condition that causes damage to your optic nerve as a result of fluid build-up in your eye. Oftentimes, there are no warning signs for glaucoma. However, Dr. Munson will be able to detect glaucoma during your regular comprehensive eye exam.



Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment

Although some vision loss from diabetic eye disease is permanent, early treatment reduces the risk of blindness by 95%. Additionally, controlling your diabetes is an excellent way of slowing the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

We treat DME with a variety of treatments including laser surgery and corticosteroids. Early detection is the best way to protect your vision. If you haven’t scheduled your diabetic eye care exam yet, don’t wait any longer.  



How to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

At Fort Collins Family Eye Care, we firmly believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. Since diabetic retinopathy is associated with sustained high blood sugar, maintaining and controlling your blood sugar is essential in preventing diabetic eye disease. Additionally, tending to your overall wellness and doing things like maintaining your blood pressure, quitting smoking, and getting regular comprehensive eye exams will go a long way in protecting your vision for as long as possible.

Nutrition plays a large role in maintaining a healthy healthy eyes. Dr. Munson frequently give talks about how you can enhance your retinal health with nutrition. If you want to know more about how nutrition can bolster your retinal health, see the events page for upcoming talks and seminars or schedule an appointment.

 

Protect your vision. If you share in our preventative mindset and want to reduce your risk of diabetes reserve your appointment today. Call Dr. Munson and your wellness team at Fort Collins Family Eye Care at (970) 223-7150 for your comprehensive diabetic eye care exam.