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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Welcome to Sierra Eye Medical Group, where we understand the importance of proactive eye care, especially for individuals with diabetes. Our Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Management program is dedicated to preserving your vision and protecting against the sight-threatening complications of diabetes.

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition that affects individuals with diabetes. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision impairment or even blindness if left untreated. At Sierra Eye Group, we’re committed to providing comprehensive care for diabetic patients, helping them manage their condition and safeguard their vision.

The Importance of Regular Screening

Regular screening for diabetic retinopathy is crucial for early detection and intervention. We recommend annual eye exams for individuals with diabetes, even if their vision seems unaffected. Detecting diabetic retinopathy in its early stages allows for timely treatment and helps prevent irreversible vision loss.

What to Expect During Your Diabetic Eye Exam

During your diabetic eye exam at Sierra Eye Group, our experienced eye care professionals will conduct a series of tests to assess the health of your eyes and identify any signs of diabetic retinopathy. These tests may include:

Dilated Fundus Examination

By dilating your pupils, we can examine the retina and optic nerve for signs of damage or abnormalities.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

This non-invasive imaging test provides detailed images of the retina, allowing us to detect early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Fluorescein Angiography

This diagnostic procedure involves injecting a special dye into your bloodstream to highlight any abnormalities in the blood vessels of the retina.

Comprehensive Management and Treatment

If diabetic retinopathy is detected, our team will develop a personalized management plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment options may include:

Lifestyle Modifications

Controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol through diet, exercise, and medication can help slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

Intravitreal Injections

In advanced cases, injections of anti-VEGF medications or steroids may be recommended to reduce swelling and inflammation in the retina.

Laser Therapy

Laser treatment (photocoagulation) can help seal leaking blood vessels or shrink abnormal blood vessels, reducing the risk of vision loss.

Empowering You to Preserve Your Vision

At Sierra Eye Medical Group, we’re committed to empowering individuals with diabetes to take control of their eye health and protect their vision. Our compassionate team is here to provide education, support, and expert care every step of the way.

Schedule Your Diabetic Eye Exam Today

Don’t wait until vision problems occur—schedule your diabetic eye exam with Sierra Eye Medical Group today. Together, we can work towards preserving your vision and ensuring a brighter, healthier future.


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2830 W. Main St.
Visalia, CA 93291

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