Diabetic Retinopathy Specialist

Eye Associates of Orange County

Eye Physician & Surgeons located in Mission Viejo, CA & Santa Ana, CA

If you have diabetes, there are a number of health issues you need to be on the lookout for — including diabetic retinopathy, which can have a serious impact on your vision. At Eye Associates of Orange County, Dr. Omar Krad helps his patients in Mission Viejo, California, stay one step ahead of diabetic retinopathy through expert monitoring and early intervention. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Diabetic Retinopathy Q & A

What is diabetic retinopathy?

There are many different types of diabetes, but the bottom line is that all forms of the disease lead to your body’s inability to regulate its blood sugar (or glucose) levels properly. This problem with regulation can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system as high levels of sugar build up in your blood vessels, including those in your eyes.

With diabetic retinopathy, the blood supply to your retina is compromised and the blood vessels begin to bulge and leak blood and fluid into your retina. As a result, your macula can also swell, causing further problems.

As the condition progresses, your body attempts to create new blood vessels in the area, but these newer vessels are weak and prone to leaking.

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

The most common signs of diabetic retinopathy are:

  • Floaters in your vision (spots or squiggly lines)
  • Blurry vision
  • Problems seeing certain colors
  • Dark areas in your vision
  • Loss of vision

Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive condition that worsens if your blood sugar levels aren’t brought under control. If you have diabetes, it’s important that you keep up with regular eye exams with Dr. Krad so that he can spot the early signs of the problem and get you started on a management plan to prevent the condition from progressing, causing irreversible damage to your vision.

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

If during your regular eye exams, Dr. Krad notices the first signs of diabetic retinopathy, he works with you to come up with a plan to halt the progression of the condition, which includes:

  • Regulating your blood sugar levels
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
  • Lifestyle changes, such as diet and tobacco use

The most important component in treating diabetic retinopathy is early intervention. Through regular eye exams, Dr. Krad can intervene at the first signs of a problem and even help you ward off diabetic retinopathy through preventive practices.

If you have diabetes, call Eye Associates of Orange County to get started on a management plan for diabetic retinopathy. Or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.