Diabetic Retinopathy Cape Coral

If you or someone you love has diabetes, you may need a diabetic retinopathy specialist in Cape Coral. Look no further than Elmquist Eye Group. We’ve been serving Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Southwest Florida since 1992.

E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, founder of Elmquist Eye Group, is an experienced ophthalmologist who is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Diabetic Retinopathy Cape CoralOur talented team includes his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, a board certified optometrist, and his associates, Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, a board certified ophthalmologist whose areas of expertise refractive cataract surgery and eyelid surgery, and Nina Burt, OD, a board certified optometrist. Together we provide a full spectrum of eye care services in a comfortable and caring setting.

Diabetes and Your Eyes

In the United States, diabetes is the number one cause of blindness. Individuals with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Studies show that one out of three people with diabetes is not even aware they have the disease. Your eye doctor may be the first to detect the symptoms by looking at the blood vessels in the retina of your eyes during a comprehensive eye exam.

Diabetic Retinopathy – High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina and cause vision loss. It is more likely to affect individuals who have had diabetes for a long time or whose diabetes is poorly controlled. There are typically no symptoms or pain, and you may not notice any change in your vision in the early stages.

Macular Edema – The macula is responsible for seeing fine detail.  Macular edema is caused by damaged retinal blood vessels that leak fluid into the macula. It is often a complication of diabetic retinopathy and is the most common reason for vision loss in people with diabetes. Elmquist Eye Group can detect macular edema with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).

Diabetic retinopathy and the vision loss it causes can be prevented by strictly controlling your blood sugar levels and blood pressure through diet, exercise, and medications. Better control over your blood sugar will reduce the likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy or prevent it from getting worse.

Why Choose Elmquist Eye Group?

There are many reasons to choose us for your care:

  • We take a personal interest in every patient, skillfully diagnosing and treating eye conditions that affect everyone from children to seniors.
  • We utilize the safest, most advanced technologies and equipment to ensure that we deliver the best possible care.
  • We take the time to answer your questions and explain your treatment options in depth, and work hard to make our services affordable for any budget.
  • We have maintained an “A” rating at Angie’s List since 2008 and have repeatedly earned their coveted Super Service Award.
  • We offer convenient office times and schedules at our two state-of-the art offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Eye exams for diabetic retinopathy at Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral are one way to preserve your vision and eye health. Do not hesitate to call us at (239) 936-2020 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.