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Treating 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. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

As of May 4, 2020, Kittery Optometric Associates is resuming care at a reduced capacity. To ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines, all office visits will be scheduled, including those in our optical department. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact KOA at 207-439-0410.

For questions about glasses, you may contact our optical department at 207-439-0410, ext 2. Contact lenses may be ordered by calling 207-439-0410, ext 3. Direct shipping and curbside pickup is available. Staff will be available by phone Mon-Fri from 8:30AM-5PM.