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Diabetic Retinopathy in Northeast El Paso

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Have diabetes?

Experiencing changes in vision, such as blurriness and eye floaters?

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world. Of an estimated 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide, approximately one-third have signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Fortunately, there are several steps people with diabetes can take to prevent or minimize vision loss.

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by high blood sugar levels that damage the small blood vessels clustered within your retina. This leads to swelling or fluid leakage and can result in vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy also raises the risk of retinal detachment and/or glaucoma.

Because the early stages of diabetic retinopathy show no symptoms, many don't realize they have it until the disease has progressed.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. To reduce your risk and protect your vision, schedule an eye exam with Eyeland Vision today.


What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

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As mentioned above, the early phase of diabetic retinopathy typically shows no symptoms. This is why it's important to have routine eye exams (all the more so if you have diabetes), as your eye doctor can detect diabetic retinopathy in its earlier stages before symptoms become apparent.

Symptoms of proliferative diabetic retinopathy include:
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters
  • Double vision
  • Near vision problems
  • Seeing dark spots (scotomas)
  • Difficulty seeing at night

What are the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Non-Proliferative Retinopathy (early stage):
This occurs when small bulges–or microaneurysms–form in blood vessels and can leak fluid into the retina.

Proliferative Retinopathy (later phase):
This refers to abnormal vessel growth and leakage in the retina. This triggers a variety of vision problems such as blurriness, reduced field of vision, and even blindness.

If you have diabetes, Eyeland Vision in Northeast El Paso offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help preserve your vision. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcome.

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How Optometrists Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Medical history

    Your optometrist will ask about your medical history, including diabetes, as well as your family history of eye conditions.

  • Dilated pupil exam

    Your optometrist will apply eye drops to dilate the pupils so they can see inside the eye and detect any issues.

  • Fluorescein angiography

    This eye test uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid.

  • Optical coherence tomography

    This imaging method shows a cross-section of the retina and can indicate whether vessels are leaking fluid into the retina.


Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in Northeast El Paso

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How to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

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Treatment begins with managing blood sugar levels and diabetes. This means eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and taking whatever diabetes medication has been prescribed.

Other treatments will depend on the stage or severity of the disease. If caught early, only blood sugar management may be necessary.

However, if you're in a more advanced stage of the diseases, treatment options may include:
  • Eye medications. Steroid and Anti-VEGF treatments can stop inflammation and prevent the formation of new blood vessels.
  • Laser surgery. Reduces the proliferation of abnormal blood vessels and swelling in the retina.
  • Vitrectomy. If you have proliferative diabetic retinopathy, you may need an eye surgery called vitrectomy. This procedure removes scar tissue, blood or fluid, and some of the vitreous gel so light rays can better focus on the retina.
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- Jun. 12, 2023
Working for an optical office I was weary sending my mom here cause of the recent reviews. However m... y mother enjoyed it even though she's a pretty decent critic. Like another lady said in the other reviews, it went well with her. Thanks guys!
- May. 17, 2023
Dr. Kim took care of me, and the entire team made me feel very comfortable, welcomed, and enthusiast... ic to help me. I did my insurance intake online, so the confirmation and check in intake when I got there was very easy. During my exam, I was very comfortable and I genuinely feel like they took the time to truly do a thorough exam, while also explaining what was happening if I had questions. At the end of the “1 or 2” options, I was asked to close my eyes and Dr. Kim flipped through the lenses. When she stopped and asked me to look, I saw clearly for the first time in a long time. She also took time to thoroughly explain everything that was happening with my vision. Before this appointment, I had a dental appointment that absolutely brought me to tears solely due to how I was treated, and then again afterwards at my psychiatrists office. The entire highlight of my day was being at Eyeland and having such a positive experience. Thank you so so much to the entire Eyeland Team that I worked with
- Apr. 03, 2023
I visited Eyeland Vision on 3/29/23 for an eye exam. Dr. Kathy phan took care of me. I want to thank... Dr. Phan and her staff for an excellent and professional work, see you soon. Thanks.
- Mar. 02, 2023
After reading all of the reviews I was nervous about coming here. I'm glad I came though! I didn't h... ave any problems as the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They gave me my prescription with no issues and didn't force me to try to buy glasses at all. They asked if I wanted to or not but that was it. I was aware of the retina exam before I came in, but they did tell me before I went back and asked if I was okay with that, which for some people might be a deal breaker as everyone has to do it to be seen there and it cost me $45 as most insurance companies seem to not cover it but I was perfectly fine to pay for it and do the exam. That's my personal preference though so that is something to consider. I love that the online appointment system was easy to set up and that they accepted my insurance (Tricare). The doctors were very nice and knowledgeable. I would come back here again!
- Sep. 29, 2022
My family and I are new patients of Eyeland Vision. We recently had a wonderful experience at our fi... rst appointment. Dr. Do & staff are Amazing, and took great care of us!
- Jul. 13, 2022
The appointment making process online is easy to use. The receptionist got me in right away. Everyon... e is smiles and helpful. Dr. Kathy Phan is the greatest. She listened to what I needed and gave me the best prescription ever. I need to see far away and very small details up close and my new glasses work perfectly. Thank you Eyeland Vision! I will be a repeat customer.
- Sep. 14, 2021
Fantastic clinic, look forward to going every time I need a check up. They have very up to date equi... pment and ensure you get a through exam all while being fast and friendly.
- Jul. 28, 2021
Staff was very professional and kind. The Doctor encourage questions and was very thorough in answe... ring. I like that her answers opened up discussion for further inquiry. I left understanding more than I anticipated to discover about the overall health of my eyes. Overall, the experience from the staff and Doctor exceeded my expectations.
- Jul. 21, 2021
The staff is professional and efficient. Waiting time is minimal. Doctor Phan is thorough and precis... e. She took her time and explained all of the procedures. Doctor Phan also inquired about my daily activities in order to better assess my vision needs. I would recommend this Optometrist and her staff to my friends and family.
- Jul. 08, 2021
To whom it may concern, My appointment with Eyeland Vision was great! They took the time to talk me ... through everything and made sure I understood what was being done and why. I had a great check up and will continue to go to them for my eye exams.
- Jun. 26, 2021
Everything was excellent, the staff and Doctors were friendly and professional. No long wait, in and... out.
- Jun. 24, 2021
I Absolutely love this place!! The doctors are very helpful and explain everything so good!
- Jun. 23, 2021
The staff was friendly and courteous and attended to me the minute I walked in the door. The prelimi... nary exams were speedy and I saw the doctor within minutes. I’m very happy and satisfied with my experience there and would recommend it to anybody
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- Jun. 17, 2021
Dr. Holt is very patient, explains every thing in detail even gives advise on things which are not i... n his job. Everyone is very patient and nice take their time to explains things. The whole office is so calm and courteous. You can feel the kindness in everyone. Never felt like this at Western Eye. Thank you everyone for making me feel at home. Ms. Josephine Melendez.
- Jun. 17, 2021
There is never a long wait. Staff is quick and professional and I love the eye glasses selection the... y have.
- Jun. 17, 2021
The staff was very courteous and friendly. The doctors are very thorough and explain all the details... from the results. We are treated very well. Thank you Eyeland staff for all that you do.
- Jun. 15, 2021
We were unsure of what sunglasses to select, Wendy and Christy were great and walking us through the... process. They explained the product in great detail. Wendy's knowledge of selecting the right product for our son put us at ease knowing he was in good hands. We felt confident we picked the right product and will continue to come back for the awesome service. Just like leap year gives that extra day in February, Wendy gives you that extra help you need. Christy is there to complete the dynamic duo. Thanks again!
- Jun. 08, 2021
Absolutely great experience doctor Was extremely kind and helpful! Jessica was a absolute great help... on my frames and options! 10/10 love this place
- Jun. 04, 2021
Our first visit and we were very impressed. Both the assistant and doctor were knowledgeable and fri... endly. Really liked their new retinal scan device -- no dilation needed!

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Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs

What are the major risk factors for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name suggests, diabetes is the main risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy. Be mindful of your family history of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, get an annual eye exam to detect potential problems early.

Other conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also risk factors. Moreover, those of African or Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

There are a number of ways to preserve your vision and reduce the risk of vision and eye damage due to diabetic retinopathy.

  • Visit your eye doctor for annual eye exams.
  • Control your blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.

The best thing you can do right now is to schedule your eye exam with Eyeland Vision in Northeast El Paso to ensure that everything is in check.

Does diabetic retinopathy cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness among work-aged adults. It affects one in three people with diabetes and often goes unnoticed at first. Diagnosing and treating the condition early on can prevent severe vision loss.


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