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Diabetic Retinopathy in Far West Side

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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 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.


Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in Far West Side

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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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- 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
Great experience, the Dr was very informative. The staff is very nice and helpful. The selection of ... glasses was great.
- Nov. 13, 2023
Friendly staff and place was very clean!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Great service experience, and great Dr.
- Oct. 14, 2023
Dr. Marquez at the Potranco and 151 location is excellent.
- Oct. 02, 2023
Informative and helpful. We have been going to Omni Vision for 3 years. The glasses choices are grea... t and they have a quick turnaround!
- 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.
- Sep. 01, 2023
Great experience. Omni Vision had last minute appointment availability, even when I needed to resche... dule the night before. Their on-line scheduling is also very user-friendly. The best part is the staff. From the front office staff to the optometrist...they are professional, courteous, friendly and have outstanding customer service. They treat you with the upmost respect, explain everything in layman's terms amd make sure your needs are met. Thank you for the great service!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Omni Vision @ the 9218 Potranco location is my preferred location. All of the staff are friendly, ki... nd & informative, we never felt rushed, or uncomfortable. Too often you enter a facility for appointments & get the sense the employees are angry just by the sight of another human beings presence. So Bravo to Omni Vision for selecting great staff. We met Dr. Sundip Patel for the first time & again exceptional experience. Too often we leave reviews when the experience is unsatisfactory & forget to honor ppl when they do a great job. Dr. Patel was engaging, informative, explained the process & objective; he took his time throughout the examination without flipping the settings so fast you become confused what is what; too often I leave my eye appointments knowing I guessed my way through the exam, then your contacts & glasses are terrible bc you & your doctor wasn’t on the same page. So I appreciated the unorthodox explanations & suggestions in maintaining our vision. Great job!
- Jul. 09, 2023
Great place for an eye exam!
- Jun. 28, 2023
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- Jun. 04, 2023
The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had a wonderful experience.
- Mar. 08, 2023
The military sent me off-base for my annual exam and I’m so glad I found this place!! Dr. Garza wa... s amazing! She was all business at first, but she really took her time explaining why I was having certain vision issues and she gave me several options when choosing how to deal with them. I’ve been wearing glasses my whole life and this was a Top 3 exam because there was so much education. I have a lot of questions, if you just wanna get in and out, I’m sure she could do that too! When she finished with me, she handed me off to George who was also patient with me as I asked 1,001 questions. I didn’t get the technician’s name who helped me out at the beginning, but she was very kind too! Just be aware that there’s only a 5-minute grace period, so don’t be late!!
- Feb. 24, 2023
first time here and will be returning. Dr. Marquez is very thorough, and extremely patient. the staf... f is very nice. I'm very picky and chose like 6 different lenses to try on. but the staff grabbed one for me and i ended up with the one he selected. He just knew which one would work for me. i left there knowing i came to the right vision place. great selection on frame!
- Jan. 29, 2023
Dr.Marquez is worth the wait. He is professional, patient and kind. I never had an eye doctor explai... n eye health to me so well.
- Jan. 14, 2023
Excellent service and staff. Highly recommend it.

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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 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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