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3085 Woodman Drive, Ste 100
Kettering, OH 45420

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3121 Evelyn Drive, Suite 110B
Beavercreek, OH 45434

visionmakers logo 2

3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 100
in Kettering

Beavercreek logo in color 2

3121 Evelyn Drive, Suite 110B
in Beavercreek

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.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Patients are required to wear a mask when coming for a pick-up, adjustment or exam. Patients only in the office for exams unless physical assistance is needed.