Dr. Labor and the staff here at Eye Consultants of Texas in Grapevine, Texas want to bring awareness to the month of November which is diabetic eye awareness month. The biggest threat of eye disease in people is from diabetic retinopathy which is a disease caused by diabetes of the eye. While there are not many symptoms this disease shows, there are stages that it goes through:
- Mild non-proliferative retinopathy: Small areas of swelling occur in the retina’s blood vessels.
- Moderate non-proliferative retinopathy: Blood vessels that nourish the retina become blocked or congested
- Severe non-proliferative retinopathy: More blood vessels become blocked, which ultimately disrupts the blood supply that nourishes the retina. The damaged retina then signals the body to produce new blood vessels.
- Proliferative retinopathy: At this advanced stage, signals sent by the retina trigger the development of new blood vessels that grow (or proliferate) in the retina and the vitreous, which is a transparent gel that fills the interior of the eye. Because these new blood vessels are abnormal, they can rupture and bleed, causing hemorrhages in the retina or vitreous. Scar tissue can develop and can tug at the retina, causing further damage or even retinal detachment.
While there are no symptoms if you are experiencing any swelling sensation of the eye please contact our office at 817) 410-2030 so we can give you a thorough comprehensive eye exam.