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Diabetic Retinopathy in Garland

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Have diabetes?

Experiencing changes in vision, such as blurriness and eye floaters?

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world. Of an estimated 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide, approximately one-third have signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Fortunately, there are several steps people with diabetes can take to prevent or minimize vision loss.

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by high blood sugar levels that damage the small blood vessels clustered within your retina. This leads to swelling or fluid leakage and can result in vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy also raises the risk of retinal detachment and/or glaucoma.

Because the early stages of diabetic retinopathy show no symptoms, many don't realize they have it until the disease has progressed.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. To reduce your risk and protect your vision, schedule an eye exam with North Garland Vision today.


What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

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As mentioned above, the early phase of diabetic retinopathy typically shows no symptoms. This is why it's important to have routine eye exams (all the more so if you have diabetes), as your eye doctor can detect diabetic retinopathy in its earlier stages before symptoms become apparent.

Symptoms of proliferative diabetic retinopathy include:
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters
  • Double vision
  • Near vision problems
  • Seeing dark spots (scotomas)
  • Difficulty seeing at night

What are the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Non-Proliferative Retinopathy (early stage):
This occurs when small bulges–or microaneurysms–form in blood vessels and can leak fluid into the retina.

Proliferative Retinopathy (later phase):
This refers to abnormal vessel growth and leakage in the retina. This triggers a variety of vision problems such as blurriness, reduced field of vision, and even blindness.

If you have diabetes, North Garland Vision in Garland offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help preserve your vision. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcome.

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How Optometrists Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Medical history

    Your optometrist will ask about your medical history, including diabetes, as well as your family history of eye conditions.

  • Dilated pupil exam

    Your optometrist will apply eye drops to dilate the pupils so they can see inside the eye and detect any issues.

  • Fluorescein angiography

    This eye test uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid.

  • Optical coherence tomography

    This imaging method shows a cross-section of the retina and can indicate whether vessels are leaking fluid into the retina.


Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in Garland

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How to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

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Treatment begins with managing blood sugar levels and diabetes. This means eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and taking whatever diabetes medication has been prescribed.

Other treatments will depend on the stage or severity of the disease. If caught early, only blood sugar management may be necessary.

However, if you're in a more advanced stage of the diseases, treatment options may include:
  • Eye medications. Steroid and Anti-VEGF treatments can stop inflammation and prevent the formation of new blood vessels.
  • Laser surgery. Reduces the proliferation of abnormal blood vessels and swelling in the retina.
  • Vitrectomy. If you have proliferative diabetic retinopathy, you may need an eye surgery called vitrectomy. This procedure removes scar tissue, blood or fluid, and some of the vitreous gel so light rays can better focus on the retina.
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- Apr. 13, 2024
Nice, fast , caring , and friendly from doctor to technicians and staffs.
- Apr. 08, 2024
This place is so nice and they have a great stuff. I appreciate the doctors for finding my narrow an... gles. I also got the doctors cell phone number because she cared that much. I really appreciate Abby for fixing my Gucci glasses
- Mar. 30, 2024
I was sad to see that Dr Bolish retired (though obviously happy for him and well-deserved), but the ... new optometrists and new opticians are excellent. Highly recommended.
- Mar. 22, 2024
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- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional from beginning to end.
- Mar. 14, 2024
I have always been a patient of Dr. Suder, and I have had nothing but great experiences! Dr. Suder i... s incredibly warm, and I appreciated her patience with me as I tried various contact lenses before eventually settling on glasses. Jamie is also amazing! She is attentive and took the time to assist me in finding the best frames for my sunglasses. Not only is she friendly and knowledgeable, but she also adjusted my frames and nose pads more accurately than anyone has before. Overall, I highly recommend this practice for any of your eye care needs!
- Mar. 13, 2024
Every staff member who I interacted with during my visit was friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed w... orking with Dr. Lim through my concerns. Also, I appreciate the reminder phone call and text messages about my appointment. I would recommend this location for your eye care.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly staff, the waiting time was fast,
- Mar. 01, 2024
Me and my family have been coming here for years. Since Dr. Bolish has retired I saw Dr. Lim, she w... as amazing. Very thorough and has great energy. All staff is attentive and always friendly. Always a great experience!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Friendly staff, easy to schedule appt. R'cvd information in a clear and understandable manner.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr. Ashley is awesome!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Outstanding examination, very professional, and thorough. And the opticians in the glasses departmen... t are excellent
- Jan. 06, 2024
What a great place! Had gone here because it was covered by my insurance, but I'll keep coming here ... because of the fantastic service. Very professional, my eye doctor was so thorough and polite. But the star of the show was honestly Jamie who helped me go through my selection of potential glasses and helped me pick something in my price range/insurance coverage. She took a lot of care in helping me select frames that look amazing on me (I'm hopeless on this by myself) and she even found some frames to hold my old lenses until my new pair came in so I wouldn't be without. Great team, would recommend to anyone looking for a new eye doctor!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Love this place! My family all goes here and sees Dr. Suder. We love her! She’s extremely thorough... and knowledgeable. I love how she explains everything to you and she’ll answer all your questions and concerns with the utmost patience. We adore her, as well as Assma. If you’re looking to buy glasses or sunglasses here, ask for Asmma. She’s the expert!
- Dec. 18, 2023
Everyone here is the best. Dr. Bolish has been taking care of me for over 20 years and always goes t... he extra mile to take care of my special vision needs.Asmra (sp sorry!) is always patient with me and my taking so very long to pick out frames.
- Dec. 17, 2023
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- Dec. 02, 2023
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- Nov. 28, 2023
My eye exam went smoothly. The North Garland Vision staff treated me with A+ service!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Staff is pleasant. Dr. Lim is kind and informative. I went in for just an annual exam. Great options... for specs in store. Will be back to purchase glasses.
- Oct. 27, 2023
First time visiting and will definitely be returning. Dr. Lim was very chill and educational! Love a... doctor with great spirit. The front desk staff are wonderful as well! The young lady who performed the initial tests was amazing as well! Recommend to everyone!

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Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs

What are the major risk factors for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name suggests, diabetes is the main risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy. Be mindful of your family history of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, get an annual eye exam to detect potential problems early.

Other conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also risk factors. Moreover, those of African or Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

There are a number of ways to preserve your vision and reduce the risk of vision and eye damage due to diabetic retinopathy.

  • Visit your eye doctor for annual eye exams.
  • Control your blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.

The best thing you can do right now is to schedule your eye exam with North Garland Vision in Garland to ensure that everything is in check.

Does diabetic retinopathy cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness among work-aged adults. It affects one in three people with diabetes and often goes unnoticed at first. Diagnosing and treating the condition early on can prevent severe vision loss.


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