Diabetic retinopathy: What you should know
Monday, June 5, 2017
People with diabetes have a higher risk for eye diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness, but they might not have symptoms at first. One of those eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in American adults, according to the National Eye Institute.
“A lot of times in the early stages, actually a person has no symptoms at all,” says Dr. Wei-Chuan Wang, an ophthalmologist at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.
“In later stages, people can have blurry vision, sometimes they can see spots or floaters and in severe cases can even have a loss of vision.”
In this video, Wang explains who diabetic retinopathy affects, the signs and symptoms and how it’s treated.
“The most important thing people need to be aware of is that diabetic retinopathy is something that we need to catch early because there are studies that show by treating it early, you can really prevent vision loss,” Wang says.
Schedule an appointment at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists by calling 920-327-7000 or request an appointment online.
Wei-Chuan Wang, MD, is a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal specialist at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He specializes in medical and surgical treatments of macular, retinal and vitreous disorders.