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Diabetic Retinopathy in North Central

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Have diabetes?

Experiencing changes in vision, such as blurriness and eye floaters?

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of vision loss around the world. Of an estimated 285 million people with diabetes mellitus worldwide, approximately one-third have signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Fortunately, there are several steps people with diabetes can take to prevent or minimize vision loss.

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What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease caused by high blood sugar levels that damage the small blood vessels clustered within your retina. This leads to swelling or fluid leakage and can result in vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy also raises the risk of retinal detachment and/or glaucoma.

Because the early stages of diabetic retinopathy show no symptoms, many don't realize they have it until the disease has progressed.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. To reduce your risk and protect your vision, schedule an eye exam with Blanco EyeWorks today.


What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

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As mentioned above, the early phase of diabetic retinopathy typically shows no symptoms. This is why it's important to have routine eye exams (all the more so if you have diabetes), as your eye doctor can detect diabetic retinopathy in its earlier stages before symptoms become apparent.

Symptoms of proliferative diabetic retinopathy include:
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters
  • Double vision
  • Near vision problems
  • Seeing dark spots (scotomas)
  • Difficulty seeing at night

What are the Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Non-Proliferative Retinopathy (early stage):
This occurs when small bulges–or microaneurysms–form in blood vessels and can leak fluid into the retina.

Proliferative Retinopathy (later phase):
This refers to abnormal vessel growth and leakage in the retina. This triggers a variety of vision problems such as blurriness, reduced field of vision, and even blindness.

If you have diabetes, Blanco EyeWorks in North Central offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help preserve your vision. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcome.

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How Optometrists Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Medical history

    Your optometrist will ask about your medical history, including diabetes, as well as your family history of eye conditions.

  • Dilated pupil exam

    Your optometrist will apply eye drops to dilate the pupils so they can see inside the eye and detect any issues.

  • Fluorescein angiography

    This eye test uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid.

  • Optical coherence tomography

    This imaging method shows a cross-section of the retina and can indicate whether vessels are leaking fluid into the retina.


Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in North Central

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How to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

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Treatment begins with managing blood sugar levels and diabetes. This means eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and taking whatever diabetes medication has been prescribed.

Other treatments will depend on the stage or severity of the disease. If caught early, only blood sugar management may be necessary.

However, if you're in a more advanced stage of the diseases, treatment options may include:
  • Eye medications. Steroid and Anti-VEGF treatments can stop inflammation and prevent the formation of new blood vessels.
  • Laser surgery. Reduces the proliferation of abnormal blood vessels and swelling in the retina.
  • Vitrectomy. If you have proliferative diabetic retinopathy, you may need an eye surgery called vitrectomy. This procedure removes scar tissue, blood or fluid, and some of the vitreous gel so light rays can better focus on the retina.
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- Jul. 28, 2023
Prescriptions are ALWAYS correct…even when something out of the ordinary pops up. Plus, everyone t... here is just plain cool. My family has been going there for about 17 YEARS!!
- May. 21, 2023
Dr. Kip and his staff are beyond reproach! Always pleasant and with the most up to date screening eq... uipment. I moved away from San Antonio 3 years ago and still use them for my glasses and contacts. Great people.
- May. 11, 2023
Very kind stuff
- Oct. 13, 2022
I've been seeing Dr. Kip for over 20 years. He and his staff are always so friendly. I started tak... ing my daughters to get their eyes checked and they took such good care of them. They always make us feel right at home like visiting family. Thanks Kip, Alex and Candy. We love your service!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Impressed by the doctor. I have been wearing glasses since age 4. I have had doctors that did not i... mpress me. This doctor has solutions for aging eyes. He also wears glasses and is older therefore he knows first hand about eye changes. The staff also were very cool 😎.
- Sep. 14, 2022
Dr. Kip and his staff are so incredible. I walked in as a new patient and felt like I had known all ... of them for years. Super helpful and kind!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Nice people. Good selection. Good support.
- Jun. 15, 2022
Excellent service
- Nov. 30, 2021
My family and I have been coming here since the mid 2000’s. We've always been happy customers. We... changed insurance plans a few years ago and unfortunately they weren’t in network. I tried a few places and there was no comparison. I realized very quick how spoiled I had been by the wonderful owners/staff at Blanco Eyeworks. Recently, I was frustrated with wearing the junky glasses I got with my vision benefit. A few months ago I had decided to make an appointment to buy a new pair and just pay for them myself when I thought to check if they were in network. And they were!!! I was SOOOO happy to walk in there and see the familiar faces and knew I was finally back in good hands! Four out of five people in my family got new glasses within a week as well. Dr. Kip knows his stuff & is always friendly and attentive. Alex is the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever encountered in this business. He always knows what will look best on me. I don’t even bother to look at the glasses anymore. I just let him bring me a few to try on. Nine out of ten times I end up getting the first pair he hands me. Same with the rest of my family. Bottom line…Quality glasses, attentive service.
- Jan. 20, 2021
Thank you Kip and Alex for being an amazing help to me, never needed or wanted glasses so bad until ... now and you guys made it very simple and did a great job on figuring out what I needed! I am very pleased with the service you guys offered and very happy with my frames!
- Apr. 27, 2019
Dr Kip runs one spectacular LOCAL business. The Blanco Eye Works team will be attentive and engaged ... throughout your entire stay. Expect a thorough eval, explanation, and plan from Dr Kip. In case eyewear is on your list, Alex has an outstanding selection. He also has a great eye to help pick out the perfect frames. Thumbs up!!
- Mar. 01, 2019
Service above and beyond! Plus, they’re a locally owned business to boot! Alex is awesome and goes... out of his way to help. My family will be life-long customers as long as they are around!!
- Sep. 13, 2018
The doctor is awesome and the technology they use is so helpful. Staff is super supportive and frie... ndly. Love this place!
- Jul. 19, 2018
My family has been going to Blanco Eyeworks for several years, and we've always had a great experien... ce. I'd highly recommend them!
- May. 18, 2018
I'm a huge proponent of supporting local businesses and this place is at the top of my list. I knew ... going into the office that it was time to get serious about my eyesight and pony up to what I really needed and not what my old college budget allowed. I felt right at home here with every staff interaction. The technology at this office is unreal, they have an imaging machine for your eye that looks like it's made by Ferrari. I'm glad to have found an office in my neighborhood I can trust and that treats me like part of the family. It's rare in this day and age to find this type of customer service. I can't thank Dr. Orbeck and his staff enough for all the help. I look forward to doing business with them for a long time to come!
- Apr. 28, 2018
If you ever need some new glasses, or just need to get your eyes checked. Dr. Kip Orbeck is the guy ... to see. Kip and his staff are awesome. They are so friendly and not pushy. Alex does his magic on making sure your glasses look perfect on you. I saw Dr Kip many years ago for some new glasses and later went back for sunglasses. When I was away from San Antonio for awhile I had lost my glasses and went to see another doctor. That doctor was no Kip Orbeck. He didn't really care much about my prescription and his staff was rude. Last year I turned 40 and I noticed my eyesight was changing on reading small letters. I decided I better get them checked. I went to see Dr Orbeck because I knew he would take care of me. He said I'm getting close to needing bifocals but not right now.( I feel old now haha) He never forced me to buy the bifocals until I really need them. Dr Kip Orbeck your awesome and so is your staff. You make it easier to getting my eyes checked. Sorry this so long. (This is the little guy that came in on Saturday)
- Apr. 16, 2018
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- Apr. 05, 2018
Thank everyone who gives us positive or even some negative. We appreciate it and learn from it to ma... ke us better. Dr. Kip
- Feb. 19, 2018
Great experience and attention.
- Nov. 15, 2017
My wife and I love coming here. Dr. Orbeck is great!

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Diabetic Retinopathy FAQs

What are the major risk factors for diabetic retinopathy?

As the name suggests, diabetes is the main risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy. Be mindful of your family history of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, get an annual eye exam to detect potential problems early.

Other conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also risk factors. Moreover, those of African or Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?

There are a number of ways to preserve your vision and reduce the risk of vision and eye damage due to diabetic retinopathy.

  • Visit your eye doctor for annual eye exams.
  • Control your blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Quit smoking.

The best thing you can do right now is to schedule your eye exam with Blanco EyeWorks in North Central to ensure that everything is in check.

Does diabetic retinopathy cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness among work-aged adults. It affects one in three people with diabetes and often goes unnoticed at first. Diagnosing and treating the condition early on can prevent severe vision loss.


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