Diabetes Treatment at Harper's Point Eye Associates
The diabetic eye disease service at Harper's Point Eye Associates offers comprehensive consultations and long-term care for all forms of eye problems associated with diabetes, including medical, laser, and surgical treatment. We utilize computerized retinal imaging and visual field analysis available using state-of-the art perimetry. Our state of the art electronic medical records system allows our doctors to immediately access your test data from any point in or away from our office. Such tests can lead to early treatment before obvious vision problems materialize.
As always, our emphasis is on our patients, realizing how important it is for you to have an excellent understanding of glaucoma and that we remain vigilant about answering your valuable questions.
What is Diabetic Eye Disease?
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma and extraocular nerve palsies.
Dr. Kirstein and Dr. Zelczak work closely with the primary care physicians in the surrounding community to ensure that patients receive appropriate diabetic eye care. Diabetes can cause a potentially blinding complication know as diabetic retinopathy. Patients are usually unaware that they have a problem until they lose vision.
When patients receive an eye examination at our office they are checked carefully for diabetic retinopathy. Photographs are taken of the retina to follow potential problem areas. Regular communication is made between our office and your doctor's office with respect to our findings. When necessary, patients with diabetic retinopathy are referred to retina specialists for laser treatments or surgery.
Blindness from diabetes is very preventable. Having an eye examination at the time of your diabetes diagnosis and then annually thereafter will help ensure that healthy vision is maintained for years.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians, call our office today at 513-530-0440.
Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes often causes a weakening of the tiny blood vessels in the retina which can leak fluid into surrounding tissue causing blurred vision and severe vision loss. It tends to occur more often in individuals whose diabetes is poorly controlled. It is best prevented and controlled by early diagnosis and aggressive systemic management of the diabetes. Various surgical treatments exist and can be extremely effective in preventing serious vision loss. All diabetics should have a thorough eye examination at least once per year.A scene as it might be viewed by a person with diabetic retinopathy: