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Diabetic Retinopathy in Tulsa OK

Diabetic Retinopathy

Anyone who is diagnosed with diabetes including type 1 and 2 needs to protect against diabetic retinopathy in Tulsa OK. This eye condition is a serious threat to your vision. Fortunately, with early detection and proper optometric treatment Harrel Eyecare can help you improve this condition. Find out more about what causes diabetic retinopathy and how we can treat this eye problem.

Causes of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy involves the blood vessels that connect the retina to the eyeball. The retina is important for vision as it relays light information for the brain to process into images. If the retina is damaged, as in the case of diabetic retinopathy, you can lose your vision permanently.

Patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy suffer from this condition because they have an elevated blood sugar level. Long periods of high sugar levels can cause diabetic retinopathy, as well as a curvature of the lens used for focusing in vision. You could also have early onset symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, while not yet diagnosed with diabetes. This is why it is important to get a regular eye exam, as a form of preventative health care. 

Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy 

When diagnosed with this eye disease, the blood vessels attaching the retina to the eyeball begin to swell and leak. As a result, the vessels can in effect die, causing the retina to grow new, stunted vessels that do not work properly. When this happens the retina is unable to get the proper nutrients and oxygen via vessel delivery.

Also, in some instances, the blood vessels will leak causing fluid to build up between the retina and eyeball. This also leads to vision loss. We offer comprehensive vision exams at Harrel Eyecare in Tulsa to determine if you are a candidate or currently suffering from diabetic retinopathy.  

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments

To treat diabetic retinopathy we start with the diagnosis results. If you are in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, lifestyle changes including controlling your blood sugar can be greatly beneficial. If you smoke or drink alcohol, it is advised to end these practices as they contribute to this eye condition.

For advanced or serious cases of diabetic retinopathy laser eye surgery is the most common treatment. With laser surgery, our optometrist can seal off the broken or leaking blood vessels. If you need surgery for a retinal detachment, due to the buildup of flood between the retina and eyeball, we can provide a referral to an eye surgeon. During this type of surgical procedure, the goal is to replace the fluid in the back of the eye with vitreous.

We can help you find an eye surgeon in the region who specializes in treating diabetic retinopathy with advanced surgery. For any of these advanced surgical treatments, Harrel Eyecare is right there with you every step of the way thanks to our pre- and post-operative eye surgery services.

Contact Our Optometrist in Tulsa OK

Dr. Monte Harrel is our optometrist in Tulsa, OK at Harrel Eyecare. Under the leadership of Dr. Harrel, we are one of the premier optometry clinics in the region. In addition to treating diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases, we also offer eye exams for children and adults and complete vision correction services. 

For your convenience, we have three locations in South, Midtown, and Downtown Tulsa. Contact our Midtown office at 918-376-7972 for more information about diabetic retinopathy or to schedule an appointment at any of our three locations.

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