Preserve Your Vision With Omni Vision - Potranco

Diabetic Retinopathy in Far West Side

Preserve Your Vision With Omni Vision - Potranco

(210) 858-4001

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 Omni Vision - Potranco 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, Omni Vision - Potranco in Far West Side 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.


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.

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 Omni Vision - Potranco in Far West Side 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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- Jun. 25, 2024
I used to go to America’s Best, but I am sticking with this place now. They got me in quick with a... short wait and Dr. Marquez was friendly and thorough with the exam.
- Jun. 20, 2024
Staff is nice!
- Jun. 03, 2024
Super clean facility and staff were super nice and patient:)
- May. 29, 2024
always helpful, courteous and friendly
- May. 22, 2024
The staff was kind and I received a thorough examination. This was my first time at this facility an... d it will be the one I continue to use!
- May. 13, 2024
(Translated by Google) They speak Spanish, they accept medical plans. They are very professional and... friendly. Ample parking and very comfortable office. (Original) Hablan español, aceptan planes medicos. Son muy profesionales y amables. Amplio estacionamiento y oficina muy comoda.
- May. 08, 2024
I can not speak in regards to buying glasses or contacts at Omni. I only go for my yearly eye exam f... or glasses and contacts. I am giving this review based off of the Dr and staff. Dr. Marquez is an excellent and fantastic doctor! He takes the time to explain things, doesn’t rush you out the door, takes the time to make sure that the contacts are working and comfortable. He even showed me my eye pictures and explained everything so clearly. He has so much knowledge and he shares it willingly, he takes the time to answer all my questions and concerns. I have never had such an eye doctor, in my past experience eye doctors are just quickly trying to get you in and out the door. So I very much appreciate Dr. Marquez and will be a returning patient! And thank you to the staff for constantly sending me text/call reminders that my yearly exam was due! lol 😆 your “friendly reminders” were the kick in the butt that I needed to call and make my appointment! Thank you 😊 so yeah, if you’re reading this review, Omni will remind you when your yearly is due. They got you fam! ❤️
- Apr. 19, 2024
Knowledgeable friendly staff.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Called and was able to get a same day appointment. First time to this location. DR. GARZA was g... reat. Was in and out in under an hour. Got my contact lenses! Lots of frames to chose from. Great expereince. Don't waste your time calling down the list. Visit the Potranco location.
- Feb. 08, 2024
Very helpful and quick. The doctor was super knowledgeable and actually wanted to teach me what was ... going on with my eyes. that was a first for me. I will for sure come back. My only small complaint and its not the staff or doctors fault is i am still waiting on my glasses to come in. 2-3 weeks is a long time.
- Jan. 31, 2024
Dr. Jocelyn was super kind and so was the sweet tech that assisted me before I saw the Doctor!! Was ... a great team!
- Jan. 20, 2024
Great staff. Very kind and professional. Explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. ... Service was very quick
- Dec. 20, 2023
I recommend Omni vision for exams and glasses.
- Dec. 04, 2023
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- Nov. 13, 2023
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- Nov. 10, 2023
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- Oct. 14, 2023
Dr. Marquez at the Potranco and 151 location is excellent.
- Oct. 02, 2023
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- Sep. 08, 2023
Great service, staff are friendly, and reminders are sent when glasses are ready for pick up as well... as when appointments are made.
- Sep. 01, 2023
Flexible scheduling, freindly and caring staff.

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