Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

An ocular manifestation of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the result of weakening on the blood vessels within the lining of the inner eye called the retina and is the leading cause of blindness in American adults.

Vision symptoms are usually rare in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, however, intermittent blur and seeing spots in the vision can be warning signs. Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include, poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and being diabetic for ten years or more. Typically affecting patients who have had diabetes for ten years or more, the longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Annual eye exams are strongly recommended for all diabetic patients. At College Avenue Vision Clinic, we use retinal photography methods to detect retinal blood vessel problems and to monitor changes from exam to exam. There are multiple forms of diabetic retinopathy, and Dr. Craig B. Kurtz can determine your particular form. With one form, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In another, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. Watch the video to learn more. If you have diabetes and are concerned about diabetic retinopathy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig B. Kurtz for a comprehensive eye exam and be sure to include it on your patient history form.

We regret to inform you that due to the current health crisis regarding COVID-19, the Vision Clinic will be closed. We will send out emails when we re-open. We have taken into consideration concerns from patients and staff, as well as recommendations by the CDC and American Optometric Association to make this decision. All patients with appointments during this time will receive a phone call regarding rescheduling. If you currently have an appointment it is canceled. When we reopen you will be called and rescheduled. Any patients with needs or concerns can call or email the clinic. We will continue to provide emergency eye care. We will continue to re-evaluate this ongoing pandemic and send updates when appropriate.