Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Eye DiseaseIf you have diabetes, it is critical that you see an Ophthalmologist (M.D.) at least once a year to have your pupils dilated and a thorough retinal exam performed. That way, if blood leaks are found, an eye surgeon can seal the leaking vessels with a laser. To assist patients with this condition, Ventura Eye Institute performs diabetic laser eye surgery and retinal examinations as needed.

The Ventura Eye Institute has advanced technologies and facilities to help manage diabetes, including retinal photography and fluorescein angiography: tests that can tell how badly the diabetes has affected the retina. If necessary, our team of specialists can also provide diabetic laser eye surgery, using a specialized laser to treat diabetic retinopathy.

Most people don’t know, but besides the direct eye problem, diabetics may also acquire other eye diseases. One of the most common secondary effects of diabetes is the cataract.

At Ventura Eye Institute, we provide all the eye care necessary for any diabetes eye related problem. From regular eye exams to surgical procedures such as diabetic laser eye surgery and cataract laser surgery (California’s latest technique - no stitch, no patch, Crystalens).

Highly advanced treatments are already available to treat cataract. However, it is still the leading cause of blindness worldwide for lack of treatment. Today cataract surgery is a safe and very effective procedure. At the Ventura Eye Institute it’s also a fast method. Whether in Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Oxnard or Ventura, comprehensive eye exams is completed in about 5 minutes by Dr. Ragen.

Click here to learn more about cataracts and the many benefits of advanced cataract laser surgery in California.

Again, regular eye exams are critical to the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. If you have diabetes, or if it runs in your family, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn about your risk factors and how comprehensive eye exams and vision screenings can help you.

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