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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetics are at a higher risk for a variety of medical conditions, including a common eye disease that is seen at The Orange County Eye Institute called diabetic retinopathy. This disease is caused by a change in the blood vessels, which can leak fluid, swell, or close off, resulting in abnormal blood vessel growth on the retina. When this happens, patients may experience irreversible vision loss.

Diabetic retinopathy can be difficult for some patients to notice unless they are getting regular vision screenings and it is discovered early by Dr. George Salib and his team. It can affect both eyes and may require early intervention.

Two types of diabetic retinopathy can affect patients. This includes nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (sometimes referred to as NPDR), and proliferated diabetic retinopathy (PDR). They can cause issues such as traction retinal detachment, neovascular glaucoma, and vitreous hemorrhage.

The common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:
  • Poor night vision
  • Vision changes from blurry to clear
  • Vision loss
  • Washed out colors
  • Floaters in line of vision (spots, dots, or strings)
While patients with diabetes are often at risk, other factors can increase the chances of developing this condition when paired with the disease. These include:
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar levels
  • The duration of diabetes
  • Blood lipid levels
  • Ethnicity (African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos are at a higher risk)
  • Pregnancy
The cause of this condition is often unmanaged diabetes. When patients experience high levels of blood sugar over extended periods, it can result in damage to the capillaries that provide blood supply to the retina. They may swell and leak fluids that can close off the vessels to the point of ischemia. Optic nerve damage can occur as well as vision loss. It is important for diabetic patients to control their condition carefully to avoid further health problems that can stem from the disease.

If you live in or around the Laguna Hills, CA area and are concerned about vision loss related to diabetes, contact the team at The Orange County Eye Institute and book a consultation visit and examination with Dr. George Salib today.

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I like to thank the whole staff for excellent service and to welcome me as a new patient. And to thank Dr. Salib for answering all my questions and provide me with excellent care. I highly recommend Dr. George Salib for his excellent service.

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