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Posted on 05-24-2018

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy and Treatment from our Optometrist in Jacksonville

If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, it is important that you see an optometrist in for treatment immediately. Here at VAL-Uvision, our Jacksonville optometrists offer comprehensive diagnostic exams and management for diabetic retinopathy. For those of you who have diabetes, please note that you could be at risk for this serious eye condition. Find out more about what to look for when dealing with diabetic retinopathy.

diagram explaining what diabetic retinopathy is

What is Diabetic Retinopathy and What are the Common Symptoms?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition in which the circulation of the blood vessels of the retina become damaged. You can have blood leaking from the blood vessels, which causes the retina to detach from the eye. This can lead to vision loss. The most common symptom to look for is blurred vision. However, most people do not have symptoms until they have already advanced to late-stage diabetic retinopathy. At that point, permanent vision loss develops.

What are the Treatment Options for Someone Diagnosed With Diabetic Retinopathy? 

The sooner you can be diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, the better in terms of your treatment. At our optometry clinic, we provide pre- and post-eye surgery for patients who need surgery for this condition. Other treatments include improving your diabetes to reduce the risk of damage to the disease. 

How Can an Optometrist Detect Diabetic Retinopathy? 

We can provide visual acuity testing to detect diabetic retinopathy. In addition, we refer patients to ophthalmologists for an ophthalmoscopy and slit lamp exam. Other tests that check for this eye disease are called a gonioscopy and a tonometry. If we are unable to perform the test for you, we can refer you to a specialist and offer post-operative care.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Jacksonville, FL Optometrist

If you are a diabetic, it is essential to take control of your vision and eye health with regular visits to our Jacksonville optometrist. Contact VAL-Uvision today at 904-701-0223 to schedule your appointment for diabetic retinopathy testing and treatment. We look forward to helping you improve your vision health.

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