The Eye Center Offers Advanced Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
Jul 12, 2022
Columbia, South Carolina – The Eye Center provides full-service eye care with a specialty in Refractive surgery. Its areas of specialization include glaucoma surgery, thin flap Lasik, PREFLEX, AST, Cataract surgery, and corneal transplant.
The Eye Center now offers advanced treatment for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that weakens the blood vessels in the eye, causing hemorrhage.
“Diabetic eye disease is one of the causes of retinal blindness in 2 to 64-year-olds across the globe”, said Dr. Matthew Clary. ” About 25% of people with diabetes have a form of diabetic retinopathy, with 5% of them having severe disease. The only way to prevent blindness or vision loss is by detecting and treating it early.”
Diabetic retinopathy needs special treatment, especially in its advanced stages. This helps patients minimize risks to their vision.
When screening identifies proliferative (stage 3) retinopathy or symptoms of diabetic maculopathy, it is vital to seek immediate treatment.
Proliferative retinopathy occurs due to the development of fragile blood vessels on the retina. The Eye Center treats this condition through laser surgery, which shrinks the abnormal blood vessels. Patients are treated early enough before the vessels start hemorrhaging.
Even during early bleeding, the treatment can still be administered. But as bleeding becomes severe, the doctors use a surgical procedure known as vitrectomy.
Generally, The Eye Center offers three types of treatments for advanced diabetic retinopathy.
The laser treatment involves shining a laser into the retina to shrink the blood vessels that grow at the back of the retina in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. This treatment also stabilizes maculopathy.
The eye injections are administered to patients with severe maculopathy that threatens their vision.
Eye surgery is for people who cannot undergo laser treatment because of advanced retinopathy. It helps to remove the scar or blood tissue from the eye.
The Eye Center helps patients to manage their diabetes, especially in the early stages of their diabetic retinopathy. This helps them prevent other vision problems from developing.
In advanced stages, when patients' vision is at risk, the doctors at The Eye Center are there to help patients prevent their condition from worsening.
About The Eye Center
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.