Diabetes can cause signficant damage to the eyes, especially when it is uncontrolled. Damage starts with changes to the small blood vessels in the retina. This may progress to additional leakage of blood, frank hemorrhage, scarring of the delicate retinal tissues with progressive damage to the retina which resulting in vision loss. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy.
One of the primary concerns with diabetic retinopathy is that patients often may not realize that they have any problems until the condition is advanced and damage is severe. It is important to catch diabetic retinopathy early and to monitor it regularly. Routine dilated examinations are essential to insure that the condition is stable and treatment is initiated as soon as any changes are observed. Treatment includes drugs, laser and surgical intervention.
Diabetes also increases the risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts, and a number of other eye conditions.
Dr. Steinhäuser has a special interest in caring for the eyes of patients with diabetes. She and Dr. Epstein have extensive experience managing patients with systemic disease and both doctors work closely with your primary care physician to insure that your eyes remain healthy.
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