Posts for: October, 2018

By Princeton Eye and Ear
October 05, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetic retinopathy (one of several diabetes related eye diseases) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If you are one of the millions of children or adults in the United States with Diabetic Patientdiabetes, regular eye care should be an important part or your overall health and wellness routine. Dr. Angana Shah and Dr. Chirag Shah, ophthalmologists serving Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, advises diabetic patients to schedule regular eye exams in order to protect their vision and manage the risk of diabetes related eye disease.

Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ

According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic eye disease consists of a number of eye conditions that develop in people with diabetes, or for which diabetics can be at higher risk for than non-diabetics (such as cataracts and glaucoma). Cataracts and glaucoma are fairly common eye conditions that also affect healthy adults and tend to be associated with age, but a person with diabetes can be twice as likely to develop glaucoma, and develop cataracts at a younger age.

There are two other types of diabetic eye disease:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME)

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss and impairment, and results when the blood vessels connected to the retina become damaged due to high blood sugar. If left untreated, the region of the retina known as the macula begins to swell, increasing the risk of blindness. DME is usually a side effect of late stage diabetic retinopathy, but it can also occur at earlier stages as well. The best way to protect your vision and health is to control your blood sugar and preventive care to catch any health issues or complications before they can progress.

Find an Ophthalmologist in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ

For more information about diabetic eye disease and other vision and ophthalmology problems, contact your ophthalmologist by calling (609) 403-8840 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah today.