Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by abnormal changes in the retina. The retina contains a nerve layer at the back of the eye that senses light and helps to send images to your brain. In diabetes, the blood vessels in the retina may leak fluid or blood, grow fragile brush-like branches and scar tissue. This can blur or distort the images that the retina sends to the brain.

 

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new blindness among adults in the United States. People with untreated diabetes are said to be 25 times more at risk for blindness than the general population. Today, with improved methods of diagnosis and treatment, only a small percentage of people who develop diabetic retinopathy have serious vision problems. With careful monitoring, your ophthalmologist can begin treatment before sight is affected. Laser and operative surgery are highly effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy, but your attitude and attention to medications and diet are also essential in dealing with the disease.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new blindness among adults in the United States. In Arizona, it affects 5.8 percent of the population according to Prevent Blindness America, and in New Mexico the affliction rate is even higher at 6.7 percent.

People with untreated diabetes are said to be 25 times more at risk for blindness than the general population. Today, with improved methods of diagnosis and treatment, only a small percentage of people who develop diabetic retinopathy have serious vision problems. With careful monitoring, our eye doctors  can begin treatment before sight is affected. Laser, medications and surgery are highly effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy, but your attitude and attention to controlling your blood sugar levels are also essential in dealing with the disease.

Contact one of our locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona or Cottonwood if you live in Arizona, or in Deming and Las Cruces if you’re seeking an eye care partner in New Mexico.

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Went to Southwestern for my diabetic retinopathy check with Dr. Ethington… I have been a patient of his for at least 30 years and would recommend his professionalism and friendly service to anybody. 

– Patsy A.

Wonderful people, very patient with my sister and I. I would absolutely recommend this place n staff to all. Thank you SW eye center!”

– Suzie B.

Our Doctors

The retina plays an important role in connecting our eyes and brain. Our highly-skilled Retina specialists are trained and ready to help with all retina-related conditions and injuries.

Dr. Daniel Adelberg
Daniel Adelberg, M.D.

Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retina

Dr. De Beus
Anthony de Beus, Ph. D., M.D.

Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retina

Dr. Jane Cho
Jane Cho, M.D.

Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retina