More than the rest of the population, diabetics are highly at risk of developing devastating eye diseases. Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME) are both vision-threatening illnesses which affect nearly 50% of diabetic Americans.
Lowered risk – All diabetics can develop these unique diseases, but an annual diabetic-specific eye exam gives us the best chance of diagnosing early. Early recognition = best results.
No visible symptoms – Unlike other diseases like dry eye or cataracts, which present with visible or painful symptoms, diabetic retinopathy can steal away your vision without you noticing anything. Using our equipment, we can spot it for you.
Maximize vision retention – Diabetic retinopathy, if untreated, can cause blindness. However, if diagnosed early its progression can be managed or even stopped in some cases. Having an exam gives us the chance to retain most – if not all – of your vision.
In addition to the tests we perform in our typical adult eye health exam, we pay special attention to areas which indicate diabetic retinopathy.
Since diabetic retinopathy affects vision, we can use the quality of your eyesight as a measure of the stage and severity of the condition. You may not have noticed any vision loss, but if there has been any, we can measure exactly how much vision you have left.
As the name suggests, this disease mercilessly targets the retina. OCT is a high-resolution imaging technique which allows us to view the retina in great detail, looking for swelling or blood vessel ruptures in the area. For DME, these ruptures will be inside the retina.
A primary symptom of diabetic retinopathy (and DME) is a rupturing of the blood vessel walls inside the retina, where the tissue is weakened. We inject a special dye into the bloodstream, and our imaging equipment highlights any leaks which are bleeding fluids into the eye.
Diabetic Retinopathy – Presenting in two stages, diabetic retinopathy can be minor or very severe – in general, it is a progressive illness, hence the need for early diagnosis. Blood and other fluids leak from weakened tissue around the retina, disturbing our eyesight. In severe cases (known as the “proliferative” stage), these blood vessels form scar tissue which can tug at the retina, causing flashes or even retinal detachment and blindness.
Diabetic Macular Edema – This is essentially an offshoot of diabetic retinopathy, affecting around 50% of patients suffering from that primary disease. The blood vessels of the macula are directly affected, spilling fluid inside the retina and blurring the central vision.
We are conveniently located at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and South Clement Rd, at the entrance to Creekstone Estates, in the Villages at CreekStone (near the intersection of HWY 141 and Old Alpharetta Rd).