Monday, November 9, 2015

Exams & Tests for Diabetic Retinopathy

While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, all the data and information from clinical studies demonstrates that with early diagnosis and treatment it is possible to avoid catastrophic vision loss from diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Regular eye exams at intervals recommended by your eye doctor along with the appropriate types of testing are the best way to help prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

Eye Exams & Tests for Diabetic Retinopathy
The eye examinations for diabetic retinopathy need to be thorough and when necessary include advanced testing such as retinal photography, fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography (OCT) in order to really document how the retina and it’s blood vessels are functioning. Depending on the severity and the risk of the progression of each patient’s diabetic retinopathy we will advise them of the frequency and intervals for their exams. But, patients with diabetes need to know that it is terribly important to keep their appointments.

Vision loss from diabetes and especially catastrophic vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with early detection, diagnosis and treatment. If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, Google+ or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser to schedule an eye exam.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center offices are located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.