Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments in Chico

Our eye doctors offer diabetic retinopathy treatment in Chico so that you can get the timely treatment you need to preserve your vision.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Basics

Diabetic retinopathy refers to a set of eye diseases that are caused by high blood sugar. The tiny blood vessels in your eyes are extremely sensitive and can be damaged by blood sugars that are higher than normal. When this occurs, the blood vessels inside the retina start to bulge and eventually leak. If the condition is not treated and blood sugar levels are not kept within the normal ranges, diabetic eye disease can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness.

Symptoms of Eye Problems from Diabetes

Eye problems from diabetes may cause few if any symptoms until the condition has advanced. Common symptoms include spots or floaters, a vision that fluctuates, loss of color vision and missing spots in your vision. If you have any changes in your vision, you should schedule an appointment with our eye doctors in Chico to determine the causes of your vision changes and to receive prompt treatment.

Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment from our Ophthalmologists in Chico, CA

Diabetic eye disease treatment from our ophthalmologists in Chico CA starts with a diabetic eye exam. These exams check your overall vision and eye health. I dilated eye exam is also performed in order to determine if there are any problems with your retina, macula and the surrounding blood vessels. If the blood vessels are swollen, bulging or leaking, you may have a diabetic eye disease.

Controlling Your Blood Sugar

The best way to manage diabetic retinopathy is by controlling your blood sugar. Our eye doctors in Chico may recommend talking with your family doctor about ways to keep your blood sugars within the normal ranges. Additionally, we will recommend frequent monitoring to ensure that your condition is not worsening.

Laser Treatments

If you are at an advanced stage of diabetic eye disease, you may need laser treatment. There are two types available. The first type is a focal laser treatment. This procedure is designed to reduce the amount of leakage from your damaged blood vessels in order to preserve your vision. The second laser treatment is called scatter laser. This procedure shrinks the damaged blood vessels in the back of your eye. These treatments are typically office procedures.

Eye Surgery

In severe cases, you may need a vitrectomy to remove the scar tissue and excess blood from your eye. This type of surgery is typically performed in a hospital or dedicated surgery center as it involves making an incision in your eye to remove the blood and scar tissue vitrectomy to remove the scar tissue and excess blood from your eye. This type of surgery is typically performed in a hospital or dedicated surgery center as it involves making an incision in your eye to remove the blood and scar tissue.

Get a Diabetic Eye Exam with Your Local Ophthalmologists in Chico, CA

To schedule an appointment for a diabetic eye exam at our Chico office, contact us at 530-899-2244.


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