Diabetic eye disease is actually a group of conditions that affect people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. These include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataracts and glaucoma, all of which can cause severe vision loss and blindness if left untreated.
Diabetic Retinopathy – Affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive retinal tissue that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among diabetics and blindness among adults.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) – A potential result of diabetic retinopathy, DME causes swelling in that part of the retina called the macula.
Cataracts – A clouding of the eye’s lens. Adults with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop cataracts. Cataracts also tend to develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
Glaucoma – A group of diseases that damage the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. Some types of glaucoma are associated with high pressure inside the eye. Adult diabetes almost doubles the risk of glaucoma.
There are a number of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for these conditions. Your Eastside Eye Surgeons ophthalmologist will explain your diagnosis, condition and recommended treatment along with the risks inherent in any surgical procedures.
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