Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes can affect the eye in many ways, often causing cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the back of the eye on the retina become damaged. The damaged blood vessels can leak fluid into the retina, or they can break open and bleed. A laser treatment, performed at our office, can be performed to control the bleeding. For this procedure, anesthesia is provided by eye drops.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the industrialized world for people between the ages of 25 and 74. All diabetics should have yearly eye exams.