About Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes is an ever-increasing epidemic in America, and our eyes are one of the first places that the damaging effects of diabetes can be detected. This is why our board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Allison Young and Dr. Jana Waters, recommend that patients receive routine eye exams to monitor their vision. Diabetic retinopathy is a spectrum of eye disorders that are seen in patients with diabetes. Both insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blockage, swelling, and leaking of the retinal blood vessels. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can even lead to blindness. If you have Type 1 or 2 diabetes, we encourage you to call Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX to get evaluated by one of our skilled ophthalmologists to ensure there are no issues or concerns with your eyesight.
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young. Today is January 8th of 2021 and the day before this I had a very gritty feeling in my right eye when I woke up. Just thinking it was my Sjogren's I put in the eye drops and it helped but I had double vision for the day. Knowing I could call Stone Oak Ophthalmology and find out if I need to see a Dr or just find out what I could do. They wanted to get me in but I live a across town and they got me an appointment right away the next day. I saw Dr. Whitney and just like Dr. Young, she took her time took the tests (she explained each test and her reason for taking them) and ended up finding out that I had Shingles in my right eye. I was then told it was a very good thing that I came in because it could be worse the longer you wait. I trust this office and my eye health whole heartily. I have always been treated with respect, professionalism, COVID responsible and I know my appointment was done to it's fullest to help both of us to understand what is happening with my eyes. Again I was afraid my eyesight was going to be gone and I have walked in there and them out knowing everything was being done that could be done. I also got to meet another one of these wonderful Doctors. Thank you Dr. Whitney, I'm not thrilled with having Shingles but thank you for informing me that getting the Shingles Shot is not a 100% it just makes it less infectious. I maybe miserable but it could of been a lot worse with out your insisting we do the testing and your hands on care it could be worse. If you are someone who needs an Ophthalmologist this is the group to go to."- R.P. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
"I love Dr. Young she’s definitely a great professional and friendly! Her concerns for my eye health is a priority. The Office Staff is professional and friendly too. I would highly recommend her."- C.E. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young."- R.M. / Google / Jun 02, 2020
"Dr. Whitney is excellent, caring and very professional. Her staff is professional, helpful and caring. Dr. Whitney’s surgery provided me with a 20/20 vision and I’m very grateful for that. I highly recommend."- R.C. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"Dr. Teresa Whitney performed cataract surgery on both my left and right eyes in August 2020, and she did an absolutely AWESOME job! Like many, I was terrified of the procedure, and had deferred it for many years, until I was nearly blind - OK, I was legally blind. With GREAT anxiety, I submitted myself to Dr. Whitney's care, and I emerged from the first surgery absolutely amazed at the results. I was back her table a week later for the other eye, FAR less concerned with both the procedure and the outcome. I am now 20:20 in both eyes, no longer need glasses of any kind, and have for the first in over a decade, had the eyeglass restriction removed from my driver's license! I can honestly say, I'm very sorry that I have but only two eyes, or I'd be a repeat patient. Thank you, Dr. Whitney, for restoring my eyesight!!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 14, 2020
Signs and symptoms will vary, depending on the stage and severity of diabetic retinopathy but may include:
- Flashes and floaters
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Dark or shadowed areas of vision
- A decline in the ability to identify color
In general, the poorer your blood sugar control and the longer you have had diabetes, the higher your risk of developing retinopathy. This is why it's so important to properly manage and monitor your blood sugar levels and to follow the advice of your primary doctor and/or endocrinologist. High blood pressure can cause the retinal blood vessels to become thicker or swollen, which can cause them to burst and spill blood into the retina and vitreous body. This phenomenon can eventually lead to retinal and optic nerve damage.
There are several effective treatment options for diabetic retinopathy. Our physicians at Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center will assess the severity of the retinopathy and refer you to a retinal specialist if indicated. The treatment will be tailored to your specific case. In recent years, various medications (steroids or anti-VEGFs) have become available for injection into the eye. These injections reduce the leakage of blood and fluid from the abnormal blood vessels seen in diabetic retinopathy. In addition, treatment for leaking or damaged blood vessels may also include laser therapy to cauterize and seal the vessels before further damage occurs. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in diabetic retinopathy.
Treat Diabetic Retinopathy
To detect and prevent diabetic retinopathy, we strongly encourage maintaining control over your Type 1 or 2 diabetes and receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams. At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, our skilled team of eye care professionals can perform a series of diagnostic tests to accurately diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy to preserve your ocular health. Reach out to our San Antonio, TX office to set up an exam today.