Diabetes occurs when your body has trouble processing the sugars that it needs for energy. As a result, your blood sugar levels can dramatically increase above the normal range. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive hunger and/or thirst, unexplained exhaustion, frequent urination, blurred vision, numbness and tingling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your primary care physician immediately in order to have a blood test that will determine if you have diabetes.
Regarding your vision, diabetes can cause one or more serious eye problems which, without diagnosis and a treatment plan, can result in a complete loss of vision. Other potential problems include blurry vision, dry eyes, cataracts and/or diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the high sugar levels in the bloodstream cause damage to the walls of the arteries that carry your blood throughout your body. As a result, fluid and blood can leak out into your retinas. Diabetic retinopathy can be determined by your eye care specialists at Mecklenburg Eye Associates. A special exam, which includes dilating your eyes so that we can look inside by utilizing today’s most advanced technology, will identify this bleeding and/or leaking. A customized treatment program would then be discussed and implemented.
At Mecklenburg Eye Associates, we are specialists in diabetic eye care and have invested in the training and technology required to treat diabetic patients. We strongly believe that the earlier we can determine the damage and/or potential damages that result from diabetes, the more effective we are in treating and preventing vision loss. Regular eye exams are also mandatory.
To schedule a consultation, please contact us at (800) 628-EYES (3937) or fill out the on-line patient application form.
For more information about diabetic retinopathy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website: http://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy