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Diabetic Retinopathy in Stow

Preserve Your Vision With Eyetique - Stow

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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 Eyetique - Stow 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, Eyetique - Stow in Stow 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 Stow

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  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
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  • VBA
  • Metlife
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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.
Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was amazing! I recently switched my eye doctor whom I’ve had for my entire life to Eyeti... que and the difference was remarkable! I wish I got the very nice ladies name who helped me pick out my glasses she’s very personable and I loved her smile! The Doctor was nice as well she crossed her T’s and dotted her I’s! Definitely recommending to everyone!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Dr. Tran and the staff at eyetique were absolutely fantastic. Only complaint is that the additional ... $45 fee they charge on top of your co-pay is not disclosed during your booking. Disappointed about the transparency of fee but overall very happy. ** Updating to 5 stars as the practice manager reached out stating they are working on the transparency. This staff really cares about their patients and the quality of service they provide! Highly highly recommend!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
I saw Dr. Tran, and she and everyone else were friendly, professional, prompt, and provided good car... e. In the past, the manager, Marissa, was very helpful with an insurance issue I had. Would recommend.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Thank you Dr. Tran for your thoughtful care!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Prompt and polite staff. Dr. Tran is excellent, always addresses all your concerns.
- Jun. 20, 2023
The whole team at Eyetique was friendly and welcoming! They made me and my daughter feel comfortable... from start to finish.
- Jun. 17, 2023
Awesome staff very helpful and polite Dr Tran is amazing
- May. 21, 2023
The employees was kind and welcoming I would definitely recommend Eyetique to friends and family
- May. 16, 2023
Dr. Tran is very thorough and was very friendly. All the staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Mar. 29, 2023
My eye exam was very thorough and Dr. Tran and the staff were very professional and friendly.
- Feb. 09, 2023
Ok so. They’re really, really nice at this place BUT. I didn’t imagine we’d spend two (maybe a... little over) hours in there so do yourself a favor and plan accordingly. Take a snack maybe.
- Jan. 12, 2023
I highly recommend this place to anyone who needs to get their eyes checked. The doctor was truly am... azing, very friendly staff.
- Dec. 30, 2022
I took my 6 y.o. son to Dr. Jenny Tran to check his vision. He was anxious about his visit. Dr. Tran... was able to calm his nerves. She was very gentle and creative with tools and techniques. The staff at Eyetique is very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend Eyetique to anyone!
- Nov. 22, 2022
Best eye experience ever! I highly recommend Dr. Tran and her staff to all. The atmosphere is except... ionally warm and welcoming. I completely felt everyone not only listened to what I had to say but they honestly heard me as well, which allowed my concerns to be appropriately addressed and resolved.
- Oct. 02, 2022
Top notch. Dr Tran is fantastic. Kind, patient, and highly proficient. Everyone on the staff is grea... t, too. They answered all of my rookie questions with patience and grace.
- Sep. 23, 2022
Had a great experience. Quick to get an appointment. Staff were pleasant. Dr. Tran was wonderful.
- Aug. 26, 2022
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- Jul. 13, 2022
Nice place, organized, professional, everybody was pleasant they knew all of your options and explai... n them well best of all they have Saturday appointments which is the initial reason that we check them out and we are happy that we did!
- Jun. 27, 2022
Dr. Jenny Tran is the Best Optometrist I have visited with in a long time. She is thorough and prec... ise with every technic from start to finish. If you are looking for an Awesome Doctor this is the place to go . The staff is great as well everyone works as a team. I was in on a Tuesday an I got my glass that Friday I was very happy how fast it was as well. Thank you so very much. I will 100% be coming back.
- Apr. 30, 2022
Fixed my Cartier glasses within seconds

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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 Eyetique - Stow in Stow 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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