If you don’t have your diabetes under control, it can lead to additional health problems, including diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can ultimately lead to blindness. At Hawaii Vision Specialists in Hilo, Hawaii, the expert vision care team provides the highest level of care for eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy. Managing diabetes and getting regular eye exams is the best way to prevent this condition from progressing. Call to schedule a diabetic eye exam today!
Diabetic Retinopathy Q & A
What is diabetic retinopathy?
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
Over time, too much blood sugar can block the tiny blood vessels that nourish your retina. When your body attempts to replace the blocked blood vessels with new ones, the new ones won’t develop properly, and they’ll leak fluid and blood into your eye.
What treatments can help manage diabetic retinopathy?
Treatment often depends on the extent of disease and how it’s affecting your health and vision. Laser surgery can seal leaky blood vessels in your eye and help prevent other ones from leaking. Retina injections can decrease inflammation and prevent new blood vessels from forming. Retina injections may also help keep the condition from progressing and causing further damage.
The team at Hawaii Vision Specialists offers Eylea® and Lucentis® retina injections, which can help control damage in your eye, and in many cases, improve your vision. Depending on your situation, you may receive one injection or a series of injections every 4-6 weeks. Your doctor will analyze your vision health and recommend the treatment that will work best for you.
To learn more about successfully managing diabetic retinopathy, call Hawaii Vision Specialists to schedule a consultation.