If you have diabetes, it is very important that you have periodic eye exams to make sure you are not developing diabetic retinopathy. At our Somerset Hills Eye Care Center, our expert ophthalmologist, Dr. Timothy P. Sullivan, can provide you with a comprehensive eye exam which can diagnose diabetic retinopathy in Somerville NJ, as well as provide you with appropriate treatment when required.
Diabetic retinopathy is a collective term for several different types of vision problems which can occur in patients who have diabetes. These vision problems are caused by elevated levels of sugar in the bloodstream as well as by high blood pressure. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people who are under age 65. Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to blood vessels that surround and nourish the retina. During an eye exam, these blood vessels and the retina can be carefully looked at to see if any problems are occurring. Diabetic retinopathy in Somerville NJ can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam when the back of the eye is examined while the eye is dilated. A patient will probably not notice symptoms of diabetic retinopathy until significant damage has occurred, and complications have emerged. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include: blurred vision; double vision; floaters or spots in your vision; partial or total loss of vision; a veil across your field of vision; pain in your eyes; pressure in your eye; or constant redness of the eye. In order to keep your risk of diabetic retinopathy low, you will want to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range, get regular physical exercise, and control your blood pressure. Diabetic retinopathy is more likely to progress if you have high blood pressure. It is also important to have your eyes examined by our ophthalmologist every year, or more often if required in your particular situation.
For an appointment to be screened for diabetic retinopathy in Somerville NJ, simply contact our office for an appointment.