Diabetic eye care

Diabetic eye disease


“Floating” spots in your vision

Blurred vision

Distorted vision

Dark areas in vision

Blind spots in vision

Trouble discerning color

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Why Diabetic Eye Care is Important

Your overall wellness is connected to your vision. All forms of diabetic eye disease can cause severe or permanent vision loss and blindness. However, early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease can dramatically decrease your chances of experiencing vision loss. Additionally, controlling your diabetes and taking proper care of your health can prevent future vision loss. Diopsys technology allows us to assess how healthy your retina is.

Dr. Munson is able to detect the earliest signs of diabetic eye disease during your regular comprehensive vision exam. Since some forms of diabetic eye diseases are asymptomatic before you experience actual vision loss, including diabetic eye care into your wellness routine is essential.
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What Causes Diabetic Eye disease?
Your retinas are made up of tiny blood vessels, and sustained high blood sugar from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your retina. The disruption of these blood vessels causes many conditions that contribute to vision loss and blindness.
Although some vision loss from diabetic eye disease is permanent, early treatment reduces the risk of blindness by 95%. Additionally, controlling your diabetes is an excellent way to slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

We treat DME with a variety of treatments, including laser surgery and corticosteroids. Early detection is the best way to protect your vision. If you haven’t scheduled your diabetic eye care exam yet, don’t wait any longer.
At Fort Collins Family Eye Care, we firmly believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. Since diabetic retinopathy is associated with sustained high blood sugar, maintaining and controlling your blood sugar is essential in preventing diabetic eye disease. Additionally, tending to your overall wellness and doing things like maintaining your blood pressure, quitting smoking, and getting regular comprehensive eye exams will go a long way in protecting your vision for as long as possible.

Nutrition plays a large role in maintaining a healthy healthy eyes. Dr. Munson frequently give talks about how you can enhance your retinal health with nutrition. If you want to know more about how nutrition can bolster your retinal health, see the events page for upcoming talks and seminars or schedule an appointment.
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Types of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among patients with diabetes. This diabetic eye disease affects the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to leak or bleed. Consequently, patients with diabetic retinopathy may experience distorted vision or, depending on the severity, vision loss due to scarring or cell loss in the retina.
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Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

Diabetic macular edema occurs as a result of diabetic retinopathy. DME is characterized by the build-up of fluid in the macula, a region near the center of your retina. This can cause blurred or distorted vision, along with vision loss.
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While everyone can get cataracts, patients with diabetes tend to get them earlier. Cataracts are characterized by the clouding of the lens of your eye.
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Glaucoma is a common eye condition that causes damage to your optic nerve as a result of fluid build-up in your eye. Oftentimes, there are no warning signs for glaucoma. However, Dr. Munson will be able to detect glaucoma during your regular comprehensive eye exam.
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Preventative Eye Care

Protect your vision. If you share in our preventative mindset and want to reduce your risk of diabetes, reserve your appointment today. Call Dr. Munson and your wellness team at Fort Collins Family Eye Care at (970) 223-7150 for your comprehensive diabetic eye care exam.
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