Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Specialist
Diabetic eye disease is a common occurrence among individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, Dr. Shelly Bagai Lapsi, MD, at Omni Eye Care serving patients in the San Gabriel Valley can help. If you have diabetes, then you are at risk for diabetic retinopathy. Discover more about the eye conditions associated with diabetes. Call Omni Eye Care at their location in Covina or El Monte, California, or book an appointment online.

Diabetic Retinopathy Q&A

What is diabetic eye disease?

Diabetic eye disease is a complication affecting your eyes due to your diabetic condition. According to the National Eye Institute, eye disease can lead to severe vision loss and blindness if not treated.

Diabetic eye disease includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic macular edema. These eye diseases occur due to the change in the blood vessels and the macula due to uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetic individuals who want to avoid diabetic eye disease should control their diabetes to the best of their ability.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is the result of damage to the blood vessels behind the retina. This is typically caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels among those with diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include blurry vision, floaters, spots in vision, and an inability to distinguish colors. If left untreated, this condition can lead to blindness. Treatment varies from diabetes management to eye surgery including laser therapy.

Why do I need to go to an ophthalmologist if I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, we recommend regularly scheduled eye exams by an ophthalmologist. This is your best method of preventing and managing diabetic eye disease including diabetic retinopathy. If you do not control your blood sugar well, then you are especially susceptible and want to maintain regular vision checks.

As an ophthalmologist at Omni Eye Care, Dr. Lapsi is experienced in treating other vision conditions caused by diabetes including cataracts and glaucoma. Our team strives to provide you with personalized and professional treatment for your diabetic eye condition.

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