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Diabetic Retinopathy in Beavercreek

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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 Beavercreek Vision Center 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, Beavercreek Vision Center in Beavercreek 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 Beavercreek

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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.
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 23, 2024
Great eye doctor. Very caring and thorough. He didn’t push things not really needed!
- Feb. 22, 2024
My eye exam was thorough. The staff is friendly.I did not have to wait when I arrived at my appointm... ent.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Very professional. Easy to schedule, staff was polite and explained in detail. Front office was help... ful. Dr. Jones was considerate and my vision test went well. She answered my questions.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Wonderful staff. Dr. Tran is thorough and thoughtful during his exams. Look for to my yearly exam ev... ery year.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Always great service, and very thorough.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Loved the place.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Five stars for the staff! They are welcoming, personal, and attentive - but most of all patient! Lik... e many people these days, I struggle with decision fatigue so I take forever when choosing frames and I didn't feel rushed or shamed for how long I was taking or for asking for advice on how they looked. They gave me genuine opinions on them rather than saying they all looked good to get me to choose one. I think maybe they need more fashionable frame options in affordable price ranges so that customers do not feel they need to go elsewhere to get frames they really like. It may just be me as I am picky and have specific preferences.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend. Also, thanks to Betty for helping my daughter repla... ce her broken frames right before closing time so she could have them in time for a school concert.
- Dec. 07, 2023
The staff and eye doctor was very welcoming and respectful to my grandson,who has autism. Made him v... ery comfortable
- Dec. 06, 2023
Excellent work and have reasonable prices. Good selection of frames especially the ones with nose b... ridges.
- Dec. 01, 2023
The last behind the desk, I believe her name is Penny, she was so amazing and so sweet. Probably the... nicest person I have ever made contact with in a professional setting. She literally brightened my daughter's and my day with her wonderful energy, making us also feel so welcome. The guy begging the counter was so amazing too! He spoke with the doctor for my daughter and was able to get her in the next day because she was having pain in her eye, which turned out to be a scratch. The doctor was also so nice and so sweet. She made my daughter feel so comfortable, especially since she was super nervous. I absolutely loved this place and all their staff. This is definitely where my entire family will be coming from here on out! Thank you so much! I highly highly recommend this place for all of your families eye care needs!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I had my very first visit here on 11/28 for a basic eye exam. The staff are very friendly and I rece... ived a warm welcome. Dr. Jones was very pleasant, took her time with me and explained things thoroughly and in a way I could understand. Very happy with this establishment and will return for future visits.
- Nov. 27, 2023
This is the best place to go in the dayton area. Penny greets you at the front desk and has a cheerf... ul smile. The Dr's. are extremely helpful and take the time with there patients. Lisa was so very kind, sweet hearted. She helped myself and my four year old to pick out glasses and get them ordered. Betty was helpful when we picked up our glasses and took the time we needed with my daughter, we greatly appreciate all the staff and the hard work they do each and every day.
- Nov. 20, 2023
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
- Nov. 17, 2023
I had the best experience! All of the office staff were excellent. They made me feel welcome and at ... home. The man at the front desk is very helpful. The assistant who took the pictures of my eyes is very nice and has a lot of patience. The doc is very efficient and nice. I can't say enough good things about the ladies assisting with the glasses and check out. They are awesome!
- Oct. 24, 2023
Great job!
- Oct. 23, 2023
Friendly, professional and affordable
- Oct. 22, 2023
They helped me update my reading and far away glasses and Dr. Tran was very thorough in explaining ... the state of my vision. Penny was very helpful, and everyone was kind.
- Oct. 10, 2023
My eye was really irritated plus I needed an eye exam and they were able to get me in on the same da... y. My kids and I have been seeing Dr. Jones for three years now. My husband sees one of the other doctors, so overall we’re really pleased with this office.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Great experience! Amazing and accommodating staff. Dr. Tran is the best!

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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 Beavercreek Vision Center in Beavercreek 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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