Diabetic Eye Care

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D. -  - Ophthalmology

Valley Eye Care, P.C.

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D.

Ophthalmology located in Bay City, MI

Eye care is important for all people, but staying actively involved in your ocular health is especially critical for people with diabetes. It’s important to find an eye doctor who understands diabetic eye care and can offer you the right services. To schedule an appointment with an experienced, top-notch ophthalmologist, contact Scott Vandenbelt, MD, at Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, today, either by phone or with the online scheduler.

Diabetic Eye Care Q & A

How does diabetes impact eye health?

High blood sugar in your body causes wear-and-tear on the tiny blood vessels in your eye. Over time, this can lead to a condition called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can also cause bleeding or swelling in the eyes, and it increases your odds of cataracts and glaucoma and the likelihood that either of those conditions will develop early in your life.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that develops when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels in your retina. This damage might cause the swelling, leaking, or even closure of those vessels. It can also cause the growth of abnormal blood vessels. All of these blood vessel changes can impact your vision.

In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy usually has no symptoms. That’s why getting regular eye exams — where this condition can be caught early and most effectively treated — is so important. Once symptoms do develop, they usually include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark or blank spots in your vision
  • Floaters in your vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Reduced color saturation

As it develops, diabetic retinopathy can cause you to permanently lose your sight. In fact, it is the leading cause of visual disability in working age people.

What can I do to keep my eyes healthy?

The keys to maintaining your eye health when living with diabetes are getting regular professional eye care and controlling blood glucose levels. Dr. Vandenbelt offers annual dilated eye exams to monitor your eye health and detect any concerns early on when they’re most treatable.

If necessary, he also offers laser surgery to minimize the impact abnormal blood vessels have on your vision. This procedure is known as laser photocoagulation. During this painless surgery, Dr. Vandenbelt either destroys or seals up blood vessels that are leaking or growing.

For more information about diabetic eye care or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Vandenbelt, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. or request your consultation online today.