Diabetic eye disease develops slowly. You may not be aware that you have any special need for eye care at all until one day blood vessels in one or both eyes hemorrhage and your sight is seriously impaired or lost altogether. If you have diabetes, regular checkups with our optometrist at Pearland Eye Care are essential. We have years of experience identifying and addressing diabetic eye disease for residents of Houston, Pearland, and the surrounding areas.
Diabetic retinopathy is a severe condition that can lead to vision loss and even blindness if left unaddressed. Diabetic retinopathy accounts for almost 80% of cases of legal blindness in Americans aged 20 to 74. Right now, between 40 and 45% of all diabetics in the United States have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
Nearly all type 1 diabetics and 60% of type 2 diabetics have diabetic retinopathy within 20 years of their diagnosis of the disease. Once you are diagnosed with "non-proliferative" diabetic retinopathy, the kind that that doesn't take your sight away, you can develop "proliferative" diabetes just a year later. Diabetic retinopathy can develop very rapidly in pregnant women who have gestational diabetes.
Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Disease
Blindness from diabetic eye disease is nearly always preventable if treated in time. Medical science can rescue your sight even after you have had a nearly-blinding episode of broken blood vessels due to diabetic retinopathy. The longer you wait to get diagnosis and treatment, the more treatment you will have to go through to keep from going blind.
If you don't get a timely diagnosis and treatment, you may need laser surgery that is not painless, you may need injections of a drug called Avastin in your eyes, and you may need surgery on the contents of your eyes. Don't let diabetic eye disease go that far. See our eye doctor for regular checkups.
Keeping your blood sugar levels under control isn't a guarantee you won't get diabetic eye disease, but it helps. If you can just keep your HbA1C under 7.5%, your risk of developing diabetic eye disease is reduced.
Optometrist in Houston
If you require diabetic eye care in Houston, the optometry professionals at Pearland Eye Care are ready to assist you. Our eye doctor will evaluate your condition, determine the severity of your diabetic eye disease, and provide treatment accordingly. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call us at (713) 991-4100.