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Diabetic Retinopathy in Norwood

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Have diabetes?

Experiencing changes in vision, such as blurriness and eye floaters?

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world. Of an estimated 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide, approximately one-third have signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Fortunately, there are several steps people with diabetes can take to prevent or minimize vision loss.

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by high blood sugar levels that damage the small blood vessels clustered within your retina. This leads to swelling or fluid leakage and can result in vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy also raises the risk of retinal detachment and/or glaucoma.

Because the early stages of diabetic retinopathy show no symptoms, many don't realize they have it until the disease has progressed.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. To reduce your risk and protect your vision, schedule an eye exam with Harper's Point - Norwood today.


What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

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As mentioned above, the early phase of diabetic retinopathy typically shows no symptoms. This is why it's important to have routine eye exams (all the more so if you have diabetes), as your eye doctor can detect diabetic retinopathy in its earlier stages before symptoms become apparent.

Symptoms of proliferative diabetic retinopathy include:
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters
  • Double vision
  • Near vision problems
  • Seeing dark spots (scotomas)
  • Difficulty seeing at night

What are the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Non-Proliferative Retinopathy (early stage):
This occurs when small bulges–or microaneurysms–form in blood vessels and can leak fluid into the retina.

Proliferative Retinopathy (later phase):
This refers to abnormal vessel growth and leakage in the retina. This triggers a variety of vision problems such as blurriness, reduced field of vision, and even blindness.

If you have diabetes, Harper's Point - Norwood in Norwood offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help preserve your vision. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcome.

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How Optometrists Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Medical history

    Your optometrist will ask about your medical history, including diabetes, as well as your family history of eye conditions.

  • Dilated pupil exam

    Your optometrist will apply eye drops to dilate the pupils so they can see inside the eye and detect any issues.

  • Fluorescein angiography

    This eye test uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid.

  • Optical coherence tomography

    This imaging method shows a cross-section of the retina and can indicate whether vessels are leaking fluid into the retina.


Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in Norwood

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How to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

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Treatment begins with managing blood sugar levels and diabetes. This means eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and taking whatever diabetes medication has been prescribed.

Other treatments will depend on the stage or severity of the disease. If caught early, only blood sugar management may be necessary.

However, if you're in a more advanced stage of the diseases, treatment options may include:
  • Eye medications. Steroid and Anti-VEGF treatments can stop inflammation and prevent the formation of new blood vessels.
  • Laser surgery. Reduces the proliferation of abnormal blood vessels and swelling in the retina.
  • Vitrectomy. If you have proliferative diabetic retinopathy, you may need an eye surgery called vitrectomy. This procedure removes scar tissue, blood or fluid, and some of the vitreous gel so light rays can better focus on the retina.
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- May. 26, 2023
My first time at this location and I have switched over from Norwood, service was quick, and everyon... e was very courteous!!
- Feb. 02, 2023
Great experience
- Jan. 30, 2023
Love coming here! The people are cool and very professional it’s clean and I’m always in and out...
- Jan. 27, 2023
Great staff and services!
- Jan. 23, 2023
Best experience- from exam to selection frames to assistance to turnaround to LOVING my new glasses!...
- Dec. 18, 2022
Happy and very satisfied with the professionalism of all the employees
- Nov. 27, 2022
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- Nov. 18, 2022
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- Nov. 13, 2022
A helpful and courteous staff and caring and informative doctor
- Oct. 28, 2022
The service here was truly amazing. I was able to schedule myself a diabetic eye exam while also abl... e to fill a eye prescription at the same time for my daughter. The staff and eye doctors were very caring as well. The selection for children was great and my daughter lit up so bright when she found her perfect pair of Hello Kitty brand of glasses. They also work with me to ensure I knew our insurance. They also informed me about their extended insurance which is a amazing deal if you have little ones or just some one like myself who sometimes hard on their glasses. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or come back as their service is 5 stars. Thank you so much.
- Oct. 02, 2022
Such a clean, nice, efficient setting. Staff was awesome everything was quick.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Great service all around. I was comfortable the whole time I was there. Plan on going back to get a ... second pair of glasses definitely.
- Aug. 29, 2022
I would highly recommend Harpers Point in Norwood Ohio because as soon as I appreciated a frame, I w... ent for it, no need for smothering. They offer a rather deliquescence of frames but I kid you not, you should choose this optical office for two reasons. Prices and warranty. Whether the frames are damages or need adjustments, they will correct with warranty for up to a year. I have EyeMed and I chose to rock with the Ray-Bans and with the money I had, they out beat most competitors.
- Aug. 22, 2022
Very friendly staff and they have a neat and comfortable establishment . Services were fast , I wo... uld definitely recommend.
- Jun. 28, 2022
Everyone is really nice & respectful. I like the dr. Too. I just wish they could figure out what's w... rong with my eyes & what to do about it.
- Jun. 09, 2022
I was able to get an appointment for an emergency the same day. I was examined and diagnosed very qu... ickly. I was then set up with an appointment with a specialist. They were very accommodating! Highly recommend!
- May. 29, 2021
Very nice people that shows alot of care towards each client definitely would recommend to my friend... s and family doctors was great and prescribed the perfect prescription for my eyes there's alot of eye clinics out here but I definitely by far would reccomend haper point eyecare associates to anyone I knew in need of eye exam and prescriptions.
- May. 28, 2021
Every single employee of Harper's Point is friendly, helpful, and just overall awesome. I highly rec... ommend them for all your eyecare needs.
- May. 10, 2021
Awesome staff and close to home.
- Jan. 28, 2021
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Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs

What are the major risk factors for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name suggests, diabetes is the main risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy. Be mindful of your family history of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, get an annual eye exam to detect potential problems early.

Other conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also risk factors. Moreover, those of African or Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

There are a number of ways to preserve your vision and reduce the risk of vision and eye damage due to diabetic retinopathy.

  • Visit your eye doctor for annual eye exams.
  • Control your blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.

The best thing you can do right now is to schedule your eye exam with Harper's Point - Norwood in Norwood to ensure that everything is in check.

Does diabetic retinopathy cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness among work-aged adults. It affects one in three people with diabetes and often goes unnoticed at first. Diagnosing and treating the condition early on can prevent severe vision loss.


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