Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy has four stages:

1)  Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy- At this stage, small balloon-like swellings, called microaneurysms occur in the tiny retinal blood vessels.

2)  Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy- Some of the blood vessels to the retina are now blocked.

3)  Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy-  At this stage, several of the retinal blood vessels are blocked.  The retina loses nourishment, which causes the body to send signals to create new blood vessels.

4)  Proliferative Retinopathy-  The advanced condition has caused new blood vessels to grow.  These are fragile and abnormal vessels that grow alongside the retina and against the clear gel that fills the eye.  The leaking of blood into the eye from these new, fragile vessels can cause vision loss or even blindness.

If you suffer from Diabetic Retinopathy, or think you may, schedule a low vision evaluation with our office today.  Dr. Jacobi is one of the top low vision practitioners in the nation.  He has treated hundreds of these cases, and may have a solution for you.  Call (877) 677-2020 today.

Visit Suburban Eye Care for all of your vision care needs.