Diabetic Eye Care


Diabetic Eye Care

Eye Care Services in Ogden, UT

At Country Hills Eye Center, we believe everyone deserves beautiful, crystal-clear vision through every stage of life. Our expert eye doctors and ophthalmologists strive to provide a gold standard in eye care, working individually with patients throughout the Ogden, UT area to diagnose and treat eye conditions and safeguard healthy vision. We're proud to treat a wide range of eye conditions at our office, including all forms of diabetes-related eye disease.

About Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes affects the body's circulation, impairing the tiny blood vessels and capillaries that bring blood and oxygen to certain parts of the body. Unfortunately, that means that diabetes carries a higher risk for certain eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Without proper management and treatment, diabetic eye disease can lead to serious vision problems and sometimes blindness.

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related eye condition that does damage to blood vessels in the retina. It may form in people with either Type I or Type II diabetes and normally affects both eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive condition with four stages:

  • Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy: Small regions of the tiny blood vessels of the retina begin to swell. There may be no symptoms.
  • Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy: Swelling increases, blocking some of the blood vessels in the retina.
  • Severe Non-Proliferative Retinopathy: The blocked blood vessels can't deliver blood to the retina, causing malnourishment. In response, the body creates new blood vessels.
  • Proliferative Retinopathy: New blood vessels form, but they form on the surface of the retina and are extremely fragile. This fragility means the blood vessels may break or leak, leading to serious vision loss or blindness. This stage may also cause macular edema, which can further contribute to vision loss.

Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy

Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy often causes no symptoms in its early stages. As the blood vessels start to leak and cause retinal swelling, vision may blur or distort, and objects may start to look smaller, larger, blurred, or distorted as the condition progresses.

Usually, diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed during routine eye exams by your Ogden eye doctor. Maintaining regular eye exams is important as you age, and if you have diabetes, it's even more critical. As your Ogden ophthalmologists, we'll perform regular eye checks and screenings to track and eye conditions and recommend appropriate treatment as early as possible.

Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, as there is no cure for diabetes. The best way to fight diabetic retinopathy is by managing your diabetes to prevent the problem from progressing. Carefully maintaining healthy levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol is the best way to keep diabetic retinopathy in check and prevent vision problems. However, if the disease progresses to a severe stage, we may be able to offer laser treatments to help shrink swollen blood vessels.

Ogden Eye Care Services

In addition to caring for diabetic eye disease, we're proud to offer a wide range of other treatments at our office. Your eye doctor may recommend these treatments as a supplement to diabetic eye care. Our treatments include:

Schedule a Consultation with Your Ogden Eye Doctor

You deserve healthy, crystal-clear vision over the full course of your lifetime – and at Country Hills Eye Center, our mission is to help you maintain it. Contact us today to learn more about diabetic eye care or our other services, or feel free to request an appointment online for a consultation. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you protect your vision!

Thank you for trusting us with your vision care.