Patients with diabetes mellitus often combat several side effects of the disease throughout their lives. As a patient, you are probably familiar with its potential complications. But have you taken the time to think about your vision? One of the more severe conditions that diabetes can cause is Diabetic Retinopathy, a potentially blinding retinal problem.
Affecting both type I and type II patients, the symptoms can include impaired color vision, spotty or blurred vision, and even sudden vision loss, but many experience no symptoms at all in the early stages. If left untreated, permanent vision loss can occur through multiple complications. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among all Americans aged 20 to 74 years, and most patients with diabetes will eventually develop this condition. So what’s the good news? While retinopathy may not be preventable, vision loss in many situations certainly is, and treatment, through research, is becoming easier.
Along with keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight at optimal levels, Dr. Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, and ten other retina specialists at Retina Consultants of Houston are offering new hope and state-of-the-art treatments to patients dealing with retinopathy and bringing world class care to nearly every Houston area neighborhood.
“We’re fighting this on all fronts including surgery, laser treatments, and injectable pharmaceuticals, but our practice has taken it a step further. We’re using what we’ve learned through our research to create treatment options that are more convenient. We’re now improving not only vision, but quality of life “ Dr. Wykoff said.
But how do you know if you’ve developed retinopathy? Where does treatment begin?
“Prevention is the very best treatment for retinopathy,” says Dr. Wykoff. “Getting a yearly dilated eye exam with a doctor who will work with your primary physician to keep your disease under control substantially decreases your chances of visual problems.”
Diabetes can be a difficult disease to live with, but with cutting-edge research right here in Houston, there is new hope and improved outcomes for patients. And when it comes to vision care, diabetics have more than ever to look forward to.
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