Retired Engineer Edward “Phil” Tilden – Diabetic Eye Patient
Mecklenburg Eye Associates offers personalized comprehensive eye care of the highest quality to our patients diagnosed with diabetes. This care includes everything from eyeglasses, contact lenses, and preventive care to the most sophisticated diagnostic testing, newest laser treatments, and injectable medicines. Surgery for glaucoma and cataracts is also provided by our board-certified ophthalmologists.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for people under the age of 65 and the second leading cause for seniors. High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can damage your retina’s blood vessels. This is called “diabetic retinopathy." There are two basic types:
Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) is an early stage development where small vessels in the retina leak blood or fluids. Many diabetics are diagnosed with mild NPDR and it rarely affects their vision, however it can lead to conditions such as macular edema (swelling) or macular ischemia (closed vessels).
Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) is the more severe disorder where abnormal new vessels grow on the surface of the retina or optic nerve. This can lead to more severe conditions, including retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, neovascular glaucoma, and other issues.
The good news is, with today’s improved diagnosis and treatment procedures, if caught early, far fewer people who are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy develop serious vision problems.
At Mecklenburg Eye Associates, our state-of-the-art imaging equipment will be used to examine your retina at a microscopic level to ensure we identify diabetic eye disease at its earliest stage. Plus, we provide laser and injection treatments, which are painless, to counteract potential damage caused by diabetic retinopathy. The good news is with today’s improved diagnosis and treatment procedures, if caught early, far fewer people who are diagnosed with diabetic eye disease, will develop vision problems.
For our diabetic patients, Mecklenburg Eye Associates will also work closely with your primary care physician and diabetic care team to keep them appraised of any eye problems that may develop.
Examination services and vitreo-retinal consultation are available at all three offices along with full service optical dispensaries.