Health Safety Notification

Due to COVID-19 and per CDC guidelines, we are seeing patients on a modified schedule. Patients are required to wear a mask or face covering while in clinic. Unfortunately due to the PPE shortage, EANW cannot provide masks to patients. Upon arrival to the clinic, you will be asked if you have experienced a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and/or sudden loss of taste or smell within the past 14 days. We will also take your temperature. All visitors will be asked to wait in the car, unless they are needed for the appointment (caregiver, interpreter, etc.).

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes can cause eye problems on many levels. Cataracts can form earlier and glaucoma is more likely, but the main issue is damage to the blood vessels of the retina.

The most severe retinal complication is called proliferative diabetic retinopathy. In this case, new blood vessels grow in an attempt to improve blood supply to the retina. They may cause bleeding, scar tissue formation and potentially, permanent vision loss.

The most common form of diabetic vision loss is leakage of fluid in the center of the retina, known as macular edema. Fortunately, we have improved screening tests to detect diabetic retinopathy including retinal photography and scanning devices to painlessly detect these changes at an early stage.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Treatment

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy has also advanced in recent years and early detection and prompt treatment have demonstrated much improved outcomes in many studies. It is critical to come in at least once per year for a complete eye exam if you have diabetes.