Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy
It is estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes and that almost one third are not aware of their disease. It is important to recognize that diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals 20-74 years of age and that modern techniques of diagnosis and treatment would allow a majority to avoid this serious complication.

Unfortunately, the diabetic eye problem often goes undiagnosed and untreated, in large part due to the fact that when the problem can be most effectively diagnosed and treated, it is without symptoms and only becomes apparent when vision is affected. Early detection is most important as treatment is most beneficial in preserving vision rather than in an effort to recover vision already lost.

The risk of developing diabetic eye complications of the retina (diabetic retinopathy) is influenced by a number of factors. The better the blood glucose control, the less chance of diabetic retinopathy appearing or progressing. Maintaining a blood pressure no higher than 130/80 reduces the risk by 1/3. Control of blood lipid (cholesterol) levels significantly lowers eye complications. While current treatment methods are highly effective, and newer treatments are being evaluated and appear to be promising, the most important element in protecting vision is regular examination at intervals based on the presence and degree of diabetic change in the eye.

To learn more about our Diabetic Retinopathy services contact Albany Eye Associates at 518-434-1042 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors.