Coming Soon!

Eye Associates Northwest is happy to announce we will be upgrading our EMR system as well as patient portal and online bill pay options. The roll out for these updated patient interfaces will take place through November. During this time, the patient portal and online bill pay features will not be available while we get these systems back online. During this time, please call our clinic line or billing lines for assistance. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health Safety Notification

Patients are required to wear a face mask while in clinic to protect other patients and our staff. Please wear your mask for the duration of your visit unless your exam necessitates its removal. We appreciate your cooperation.

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.