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diabetic retinopathy article
 

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition associated with diabetes. High levels of blood sugar may damage tiny blood vessels in your eye. New vessels may form to replace the damaged vessels. The new vessels can burst, resulting in blurred vision or even blindness.

Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • "Floaters” – small specks that pass across your field of vision, made up of cells floating in the transparent gel of your eyeball
  • Difficulty reading or seeing things close-up
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Flashes
  • Blurred or darkened vision

Risk Factors and Treatment

If you have diabetes, make sure you control your blood sugar level. This will reduce your risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, give us a call. If diagnosed properly, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with a laser procedure or a vitrectomy.

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Dear Patients,As we began to have thoughts of how to re-open post the Covid 19 stay at home restrictions, I pondered what the future would look like for me, and made the difficult decision to retire from my long career as a general optometrist. The fact that I am no longer young (I don’t want to say old yet!) influenced my decision, as did my desire to safely spend time with my wonderfully vibra...

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