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Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

We help manage this damaging eye disease in Colorado Springs

eye exam Colorado Springs CODiabetic retinopathy, a disease that only affects people with diabetes, occurs when the delicate vascular network of the retina begins to leak or swell. The retina is made up of light-sensitive tissue that helps you see; when it is damaged, your vision is impaired. Our eye doctors at Executive Park Eye Care will examine your eyes thoroughly during a comprehensive eye exam to check for signs of this disease. During the early stages, diabetic retinopathy is often symptomless and only a complete evaluation of your ocular health will identify the disease.

As diabetic retinopathy progresses and the retinal bleeding becomes more severe, dark or black spots or blurry vision may appear in your visual field. This bleeding occurs at the back of your eye, and therefore clear images cannot be conveyed from the retina to your brain.

It doesn’t matter what type of diabetes you have, anyone with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes is at risk for retinopathy. The risk increases with the amount of time that you’ve had diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes raises your risk even higher, and therefore it’s critical to maintain blood sugar levels as normal as possible. Regular visits to your primary care physician and/or your endocrinologist may be need to help you keep your diabetes controlled properly.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment offered at our Colorado Springs optometry practice

A cure for retinopathy does not yet exist, yet the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

When done before the retina has suffered extreme damage, photocoagulation (a laser treatment performed by an ophthalmologist) generally has a high success rate at preventing vision loss. Another medical procedure that often improves vision is a vitrectomy, in which the vitreous gel of your eye is removed surgically. When diabetic retinopathy is very advanced, injections of a medicine that shrinks new blood vessels may be done.

If you’ve been treated for diabetic retinopathy, you’ll need to visit an eye doctor for frequent eye exams and monitoring. In our Colorado Springs clinic, our optometrists will help manage your condition by keeping a watch for any changes. Additionally, it’s very important that you control your blood sugars well. Together, regular eye exams and good glucose control go far towards preventing retinopathy from getting worse.

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COVID-19 Update:

Your health is our top priority. In response to the guidance provided by our local, state, and federal authorities and many national medical associations, we will be limiting our practice to urgent and emergency cases only to mirror the shelter in place order. Our office will be closed through at least April 11, 2020 and/or until directed to resume normal operations by state officials. We want to do our part to help manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Should your eye care needs require our emergency attention please call 719-574-7000 and listen for the on call doctor’s number.

If you have recently purchased eyeglasses or contacts, we will provide free shipping to your address of record. Comprehensive eye care and glasses adjustments/fittings will be available after the shelter in place order has been lifted.

If you have non-urgent questions or concerns, you may call and leave a message at 719-574-7000. Messages will be checked daily.

Stay tuned for the latest information on our status and additional guidance on our response to this healthy crisis. Stay safe and healthy.


Dr. Jeanne Derber

Dr. Curtis Gales

Executive Park Eye Care Staff