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Diabetic Retinopathy Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

If you have diabetes and experience vision problems, diabetic retinopathy might be to blame. To find out for sure, the board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, with two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, can help. They offer comprehensive diabetic eye exams to detect diabetes-related eye problems early before complications develop. Schedule an appointment with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center by phone or online today.

Diabetic Retinopathy Q & A

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye problem associated with uncontrolled diabetes. It damages blood vessels in the retina in the back part of your eye. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can eventually cause permanent vision loss.

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

If you have diabetes, or are at risk of diabetes, be on the lookout for symptoms associated with diabetic retinopathy. Examples include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye floaters
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Impaired color vision
  • Vision loss
  • Dark spots in your vision

Diabetic retinopathy often causes these symptoms in both of your eyes. See the Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center team at the first sign of diabetic retinopathy.

What are the risk factors of diabetic retinopathy?

If you’re at risk of developing diabetes, you’re also at risk of diabetic retinopathy. Examples of risk factors include poor blood sugar control, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, tobacco use, and pregnancy. If you’ve had diabetes for a long time, you also have a higher chance of developing diabetic retinopathy.

How does my eye doctor diagnose diabetic retinopathy?

To diagnose diabetic retinopathy or other eye problems, your ophthalmologist checks your vision, reviews your medical history, and discusses symptoms you may have. They complete a comprehensive eye exam by dilating your pupils with eye drops so they can get a better view of the various parts of your eye.

Your provider looks for signs of abnormal blood vessels, fatty deposits or blood in the retina, swelling, retinal detachment, and other eye abnormalities. They might also measure eye pressure and look for evidence of cataracts.

During fluorescein angiography, your eye doctor takes pictures of the inside of your eyes after injecting a dye into your arm vein that reveals damaged blood vessels as the dye circulates. 

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging test that creates a cross-sectional picture of your retina to detect possible fluid leaks in retinal tissue.

What are my diabetic retinopathy treatment options?

Your diabetic retinopathy treatment depends on the severity of your condition. In mild cases, your Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center specialist might recommend closely monitoring your eyes. Good blood sugar control is crucial. Lose weight if you’re overweight, eat a healthy diet, and get regular exercise.

In the case of advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy, your eye doctor might recommend laser treatment, injections, or surgical procedures. They personalize each diabetic retinopathy treatment to give you the best outcome. 

Attend routine diabetic eye exams so your doctor can closely track your eye health. 

Don’t let undetected diabetic retinopathy lead to permanent vision loss. Schedule an eye exam with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center by phone or online today.