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Diabetic Eye Disease
The chronic health disease known as diabetes increases your risk for a variety of eye problems, including the eponymous condition known as diabetic retinopathy. Our optometrist in Burlington works with hundreds of local Vermonters struggling with this condition, and she can even help people living with diabetes avoid diabetic retinopathy altogether.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common condition that leads to vision loss and blindness among people with diabetes. It also increases a person's risk for other eye problems like macular edema, retinal detachment, and blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy is hallmarked by progressive damage and scarring to the retinal tissue located on the inside of the back of your eyes (which contains the rod and cone cells necessary to help you see). This damage occurs primarily due to chronically elevated levels of sugar which lead to inflammation and breakdown of the small blood vessels supplying the retinas. Over time, and overgrowth of leaky blood vessels can worsen the disease, and eventually lead to symptoms including:
Often in the case of diabetic retinopathy, symptoms don't show up until the disease has already progressed from the earlier to the later and more severe stages. But this condition can be slowed, controlled, and in many cases prevented, so early detection with our Burlington eye doctor is paramount.
Our Burlington optometrist can detect diabetic retinopathy on a dilated eye exam. Once a diagnosis has been made, she can implement treatment strategies to help you minimize or control your symptoms as well as slow the progress of the disease process itself. Such treatments include:
Everyone needs to take precautions to protect their eyesight, especially those of us living with diabetes. To schedule your next comprehensive eye exam with our eye doctor in Burlington VT, or learn more about diabetic retinopathy, contact Chroma Optics now by calling (802) 497-1676.