Early Detection & Treatment
Pacific Eye Clinic offers examinations and treatments for diabetic retinopathy. Based in the Gold Coast, our clinic is led by Dr. Marc Wei who has more than 20 years’ experience providing eye treatment and surgery. If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, book an examination with our eye surgeon today.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to properly store sugar and use it accordingly—causing many health problems. Diabetic retinopathy happens when the small blood vessels that feed into your retina are weakened by the buildup. The retina is already very delicate and as blood vessels begin to leak, they swell or develop brush-like branches.
This, in its early stages
It can cause blurred vision or sometimes no visual symptoms at all. As the disease progresses, you may notice a cloudiness of vision, blind spots or floaters. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness, which is one reason why it is important to have your eyes examined regularly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
At Pacific Eye Clinic, we provide a full range of examinations to promptly find the source of your vision issues, whether caused by a disease, environmental factors or a mixture of both. If you have diabetes and have noticed any form of vision loss, contact our Gold Coast eye surgeon today.
Detecting Diabetic Retinopathy
To detect diabetic retinopathy, we examine your eyes with an ophthalmoscope to light and magnify interior blood vessels. If you have diabetic retinopathy, laser and other surgical treatments can be used to reduce the progression and decrease the risk of vision loss.
Early treatment is important because once damage has occurred, the effects are usually permanent. If you are a diabetic, you can help prevent diabetic retinopathy by taking your prescribed medication as instructed, sticking to your diet, exercising regularly, controlling high blood pressure and avoiding alcohol and smoking.
Yes. You can prevent diabetic retinopathy by leading a healthy lifestyle, monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and attending diabetic eye screening appointments.
No, but the condition can be prevented from worsening if caught early on and regulating treatments. This may involve laser or injections.