Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs

Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs Answered by Our Optometrist in Scottsdale, AZ

Diabetes increases the risk of vision loss conditions, including diabetic retinopathy. Keep reading to hear our answers to frequently asked questions about diabetic retinopathy, and learn how our Scottsdale optometry team can help.

.

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy happens when small blood vessels that supply the retinas (light-sensitive tissues inside the eyes) become inflamed and damaged by chronically elevated blood sugar levels. Once damaged, these blood vessels leak fluids, which can scar the retinas and disrupt vision. As the disease progresses, diabetic retinopathy can lead to the growth of abnormal blood vessels, which may leak additional fluids and worsen retinal scarring.

At least 1 in 3 people with diabetes has diabetic retinopathy. In addition to having diabetes, other risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Smoking

Diabetic retinopathy also increases the risk of a medical emergency called retinal detachment, in which the retina dislodges from the eyeball. 

What are Diabetic Retinopathy Signs and Symptoms?

In early stages, diabetic retinopathy has no symptoms. Once retinal damage caused by diabetic retinopathy becomes severe enough, signs and symptoms can include:

  • Blurry and cloudy vision
  • Impaired nighttime and color vision
  • "Floaters" 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 people with diabetes don't even know they have it. Because an eye doctor can diagnose diabetic retinopathy even before a person develops any symptoms, an optometrist is sometimes the first health care provider to alert someone that they may have diabetes. This is just another reason why routine eye exams are so important.

How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated? 

Diabetic retinopathy can't be cured, but disease progression and associated vision loss can be slowed with professional help. Our Scottsdale optometrist team can support people living with diabetic retinopathy by:

  • Providing early diagnosis through comprehensive diabetic eye exams
  • Updating prescription eyewear
  • Implementing low vision strategies
  • Prescribing medications to help reduce inflammation in the eyes
  • Offering supportive care for patients undergoing surgical procedures (e.g., vitrectomy, which removes blood fluid and scar tissue from inside the eye)

We also collaborate closely with other health care providers to maximize each patient's outcomes and help them improve their overall health, lifestyle, and diabetes management.

Do You or a Loved One Have Diabetes and Need an Eye Exam?

Everyone can benefit from routine eye exams, and especially individuals with diabetes. To schedule a diabetic eye exam with one of our experienced Scottsdale optometrists, call Eyes on Hayden now at (480) 900-2020. 

Request a complimentary eyewear style session today!

Testimonials

  • I have worn contact lenses for years but due to my strong near-sighted prescription with high astigmatism could get neither the comfort nor vision very good in standard gas permeable lenses or in soft lenses. I had reverted back to wearing glasses most of the time until Dr. Krywko recommended the SynergEyes lenses. They work great for me and I can finally wear contacts again! Thank you, Dr. Krywko!

    ...
    Show More - Anna Garity
  • Dr. Candria Kryko is a wonderful OD. I was seen by Dr. Kryko in Scottsdale recently for an eye exam/contact lens fitting. She is extremely pleasant, attentive, and she took her time to give me a thorough exam and answer all of my questions. Dr. Kryko gave me recommendations on contacts and eye drops, as well, she gave me tips on how I can save on some of my contact expenses. She was professional, attentive, took the time to explain what was needed, and was simply nice to be around. I recommend Dr. Kryko. 

    ...
    Show More - Chelsey Kerchansky
  • My entire family have been seeing Dr. Krywko for years. The professionalism, care and focus are over the top. I was told by an optician I would not be a likely candidate for contact lenses. However with Dr. Krywko's patience and wisdom she was able to fit me for contact lenses that work perfectly! I am thrilled..........Plus, I also have the most gorgeous frames (when I do not want to wear my contacts. ) I receive comments every time I wear them, " where did you get your glasses!" Dr. Kryko just received the newest styles......I'm in trouble..........

    ...
    Show More - Trish Nielsen

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Monday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Location

Find us on the map