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Posted on 11-30-2017

Diabetic Eye Disease Care From Your Las Vegas Ophthalmologist

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the pancreas fails to produce insulin at all or fails to produce a sufficient amount to remove excess glucose from the body. As a result, the glucose remains in the bloodstream, causing damage to blood vessels throughout the body. The blood vessels in the eyes are particularly vulnerable to damage, which can be severe and can result in vision loss. A doctor of ophthalmology at Brimhall Eye Center will provide ongoing monitoring of diabetic eye disease to help protect your vision.

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What You Should Know About Diabetic Eye Disease

When blood sugar remains high for a long period of time, it causes the tiny blood vessels in the eyes to become damaged. A number of conditions can result. Diabetic retinopathy causes damage to the retina at the back of the eyes, by the leakage of fluid or bleeding that can negatively affect vision function. Diabetic macular edema affects the “macula” of the eye, a part of the eye structure that controls sharpness in straight-ahead vision. The buildup of fluid in this area leads to progressively worse vision in the central field. Glaucoma is also more common in individuals with diabetes. This eye disease is caused by increased pressure within the eye. Cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye, also occurs more frequently in individuals with diabetes.

Special Care for Diabetic Eye Disease

Patients with both type-1 and type-2 diabetes are encouraged to see their eye doctor twice each year to monitor eye health for blood vessel damage. Medications, laser treatment and steroid injections are often used for these problems. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to reduce bleeding within the eye, relieve fluid buildup or eliminate clouding of the lens of the eye. Your Las Vegas ophthalmologist can provide experienced care for these conditions.

Make Brimhall Eye Center Your Ophthalmologist in Las Vegas

Dr. Brett Brimhall has extensive experience in diseases of the eye and can provide the highest quality care for patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas. We offer comprehensive eye care, including care for diabetic eye disease. We have three locations for your convenience, our southwest office on Rainbow Boulevard, our northwest office on Durango Drive and our west office on Tenaya Drive. Call Brimhall Eye Center today at 702-263-2020 for an appointment to have your eyes examined to prevent diabetic eye disease and preserve your vision.

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