Diabetic retinopathy can be a debilitating eye disease. It is a condition that may develop if you have either type one or type two diabetes. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop retinopathy as a result. At the Retina Group of Washington, we’re specialists not only when it come to eyes, but with an even greater concentration on the retina. When you have suffered with the effects of diabetic retinopathy, you can benefit from our laser eye surgery in Falls Church.
Among the symptoms that can occur with diabetic retinopathy is that your retinal blood vessels can rupture and leak. Obviously, it is unsettling to have blood in your eyes. It is also, of course, hazardous to your ocular well-being. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, typically there are not any symptoms at all. Often, the disease is detected as part of a routine eye exam. If caught early, simple adjustments in diet, exercise, and medication may be enough to manage it. But as it advances, there is greater chance that damage to your retinal blood vessels may occur. Our laser eye surgery in Falls Church uses laser heat to seal leaking blood vessels and/or to destroy ones that are no longer viable. Fortunately, the procedure can be done as an outpatient, right at our office. A hospital stay will not be necessary. You will be given local or topical anesthesia beforehand. Because you will probably experience blurred vision afterward, which may persist for a few days, you will need someone to take you to and from your appointment. There also may be some discomfort, but that too will subside in a day or two.
Our laser surgery in Falls Church is a safe and effective method for combating some of the most severe effects of diabetic retinopathy. Contact our office to arrange an appointment for an exam and consultation.