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Overview of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy involves swelling, leaking or abnormal growth of blood vessels in or near the retina. There are multiple stages to this disease, the earliest of which may not present any symptoms you can see.

Symptoms you can see include dark or black spots in your vision that increase over time, or severely blurred vision due to bleeding within the eye.

That’s why comprehensive eye exams are so important when thinking about diabetes and eye sight—both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, and the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop some form of the disease.

Treatments for diabetic retinopathy include replacement of the inner gel inside the eye (called a vitrectomy) and different kinds of laser surgery. A recent clinical trial also suggested that better control of blood sugar levels slows the onset and progression of the disease in many patients.

 

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

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In April 2023 my practice will move to join Eugene Eye Care Associates. I will be seeing patients in our new location at 992 Country Club Road, Suite 101. The phone number is 541-687-1715. While my 18th and Hilyard office is closing, our 541-485-2020 phone number will remain active to assist you in this transition.

For an appointment at our location in South Lane County, please call Advanced Eye Care, 315 Pacific Highway in Cottage Grove at 541-942-0176. I will be working with a team of talented ophthalmologists and optometrists who provide the full scope of comprehensive eye care, medical, surgical and refractive. Thank you for the trust you have put in us over the years. We hope to see you at our new location.

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