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Diabetic Eye Disease

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Diabetes is associated with several eye health issues including cataracts and glaucoma, but the most well known diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that only affects diabetics. It occurs when the fragile vascular network that supplies the retina – the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that helps us see – begins to swell or leak. During the beginning stages of the disease, there may be no noticeable symptoms, so it’s important to have your eyes checked at least once a year, if you have diabetes.

Once symptoms of diabetic retinopathy do develop, they can include: dark or black spots in your visual field, or blurry vision, and it increases over time. This is a result of bleeding at the back of the eye, which prevents a clear image from being transmitted from the retina to the brain.

Whether you have type 1, type 2, or even just gestational diabetes, you are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have had the disease, the greater the risk. It is essential to keep your blood sugar levels under control to prevent vision loss, and this may require a trip back to your primary care physician.

Treating diabetic retinopathy can include vitrectomy, replacing the inner gel-like substance that supports the eyeball structure, and laser surgery.

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for informational material that aided in the creation of this website.

Due to COVID-19 both our locations are closed to walk-in traffic. We will have limited staff onsite to answer phone calls and emails Monday-Thursday from 9am to 3pm. To ensure our patients needs are still being met we will be doing the following:

  1. If you are running low on CONTACT LENSES-
    • If your prescription is still valid call and we will direct mail your order to you at no additional charge.
    • If your prescription is expired, we can make arrangements to order you an emergency extension.
    • If you have insurance benefits and would like to use them, we can apply that to your order even if you haven’t had an exam this year. You will still be eligible have your exam billed through your insurance later in the year.
  2. If you break or lose your GLASSES- We can arrange for a solution
  3. If you are having any EMERGENT VISION SYMPTOMS, we will make a plan for you to be seen by us or someone else depending on the symptoms.

We understand that changes like these are necessary but inconvenient, and we are working on being prepared to reopen when this is all over. If you would like to schedule your next routine appointment, we are booking starting June 1st. We appreciate your patience as we navigate our way through these uncertain times.

-Eyecare Associates Staff

701.282.5880 | fargoeyecare@gmail.com

701.353.7136 | westfargoeyecare@gmail.com