Diabetic Retinopathy Lee County
Is diabetic retinopathy affecting you in Lee County? Have you been searching for the best eye doctor to treat or diagnose your symptoms? Elmquist Eye Group has been serving Southwest Florida, Cape Coral, and Fort Myers since 1992.
Elmquist Eye Group takes great pride in providing everyone in the family, from children to seniors, with personalized care. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, offer extensive experience in the most up-to-date treatments for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular edema, and other complications of diabetes.
Dr. Elmquist is an experienced board certified ophthalmologist who has also been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Drs. Wagner and Burt are skilled board certified optometrists.
We have been listed at Angie’s List since 2008, where we have maintained an “A” rating and are one of a small number of Southwest Florida ophthalmology and optometry practices to perform well enough to earn their Super Service Award. Your vision is in capable hands at Elmquist Eye Group.
What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetes and high blood sugar can have an effect on the blood vessels in the retina and may cause them to bleed or leak fluid. Everyone who has diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, but not all diabetics develop the condition. It’s possible to significantly lower your risk of vision loss with early detection, timely treatment, and proper follow-up care.
How Do We Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed with a comprehensive dilated eye exam. It requires that your pupils be dilated, which allows your eye doctor to view the inside of your eye. Once dilated, we examine each eye with a special magnifying lens that provides a clear view of important tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.
A related complication called diabetic macular edema, which can also lead to significant vision loss, can be detected with a scan of the macula called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This scanning device is available at Elmquist Eye Group and is used to further evaluate patients with diabetic retinopathy.
If you have diabetes, don’t wait until you experience problems with your vision. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year so that your ophthalmologist can watch for diabetic retinopathy and other complications. When diagnosed in the early stages, there are more treatment options available.
The only way to be sure your eyes are healthy is to get a comprehensive eye exam. If you are concerned you might have diabetic retinopathy, we offer the best team of eye doctors in Lee County who can provide you with individualized care and help prevent vision loss. Call Elmquist Eye Group today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment.