Chester County Eye Doctors Bring Attention to Diabetic Retinopathy During American Diabetes Month®
The ophthalmologists and optometrists at Chester County Eye Care warn of the dangers diabetes can pose for eye health and how to monitor for early warning signs of potential problems.
West Chester, PA – According to the American Diabetes Association®, approximately 1.5 million Americans are newly diagnosed with diabetes every year. November is American Diabetes Month®, an annual event designed to promote awareness of the disease’s challenges. The Exton, West Grove, and West Chester eye doctors at Chester County Eye Care are using this time as an opportunity to educate their patients about the relationship between diabetes and certain eye conditions that can have a serious impact on their vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most widespread eye disease directly caused by diabetes, and the Chester County eye doctors report that this condition is estimated to affect more than five million Americans in their 40s and beyond. They note that individuals who have diabetic retinopathy typically do not exhibit symptoms in the early stages of the disease, making routine eye exams essential for an early diagnosis and prompt treatment. The initial stage of diabetic retinopathy, referred to as non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, occurs when blood or other fluids leak from the retina and cause retinal swelling. Although there are often no symptoms when this leakage begins to occur, the process can damage the eye and allow the condition to progress.
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is an advanced, latter-stage form of the disease characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels on the retina, which can ultimately cause the leakage of blood into the center of the eye and lead to cloudy vision, dim vision, dark spots, lines across vision, and significant visual impairment. The eye doctors say that, when left untreated, proliferative diabetic retinopathy can result in permanent vision loss. With that in mind, they note that experienced ophthalmologists can often diagnose diabetic retinopathy, track the progress of the disease, and offer the appropriate treatments to slow down the progress of the condition and preserve as much of the patient’s vision as possible.
In addition to diabetic retinopathy, the eye doctors at Chester County Eye Care say patients who are diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to develop conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. While both of these conditions are common and can often be easily treated, the doctors recommend that patients who are diagnosed with diabetes schedule routine eye exams to closely monitor any changes to their vision: “Early detection and diagnoses can be essential to effective treatment and ultimately protecting the health of the eyes.”
About Chester County Eye Care
The mission of Chester County Eye Care is to ensure all patients receive quality care in a safe, friendly, and comfortable environment. With offices in West Chester, Exton, and West Grove, the practice has been committed to delivering the highest standard of ocular treatment and vision correction services for over 40 years. Chester County Eye Care provides a comprehensive span of treatments and procedures designed to address poor vision, dry eye syndrome, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and more.
For more information, visit chestercountyeyecare.com and facebook.com/ChesterCountyEyeCare. The eye doctors of Chester County Eye Care are available for interview upon request.
Chester County Eye Care
915 Old Fern Hill Road, Bldg B, Ste 200
West Chester, PA 19380
740 West Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA 19341
Penn Medicine So. Ch. Co. Medical Campus
455 W. Woodview Road
1st Floor, Suite 125
West Grove, PA 19390