Prevent Vision Loss from Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition which affects the blood vessels in the back of the eye, causing vision problems. Anyone with diabetes runs the risk of developing this complication, especially those with uncontrolled blood sugar.
At Montgomery Eye Care, we can diagnose and treat this condition to maintain your vision. Dr. Jim E. Montgomery provides comprehensive vision care at our offices in Westminster and Northglenn, CO. Often, early stages of diabetic retinopathy present no obvious symptoms, so it is important to attend regular eye exams at our practice to prevent more serious vision issues.
Understanding the Disease
Diabetic retinopathy affects the blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, called the retina. High blood sugar levels from diabetes damage the vessels, causing them to swell or leak. In some cases, they can close and stop blood from passing through altogether. In time, abnormal blood vessels can grow on the retina.
All of these complications can interfere with your vision. When left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can eventually lead to a complete loss of sight.