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Diabetic Retinopathy in Cherry Creek

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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 Sumner Vision 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, Sumner Vision in Cherry Creek 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 Cherry Creek

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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. 22, 2022
I was visiting from out of state and had an eye emergency. This office immediately helped me to see... their optometrist who then diagnosed the problem and explained solutions.
- Jun. 16, 2022
I had an unbelievably transformative experience at Sumner Vision, and am incredibly grateful for fin... ding this office! I have difficult eyes to work with as I had surgery at a young age, have worn patches, and was always the girl with thick glasses growing up. Contacts have been impossible to match with how severe my left eye is impaired, and I've had optometrists who I thought were thorough that I now know don't come within a mile of how detailed Dr. Sumner was. I walked in with my left eye at 20/50, and walked out at 20/30, and was brought to tears by being able to see more than I've ever seen in my life from that eye. True genuine compassion and care at its finest. Bonus points because he uses scented markers for paperwork. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Nov. 03, 2021
Informative staff, explaining all facets of the examination. Very helpful team helping me pick out ... my next frame!
- Oct. 11, 2021
Such an easy experience. Loved my exam, felt thorough and clear. Listened to my concerns and took th... e time to address them. Understanding of insurance benefits and options. My doctor was so sweet, made me laugh.
- May. 24, 2021
I got a pair of glasses with blue light filtering lenses and a person named Allen was extremely know... ledgeable and supportive throughout my experience! The office is very spacious and parking is ample. If you are looking for someone who knows this store in and out, ask for him!
- May. 23, 2021
I have been going to Dr Sumner for last 4 years, this is a amazing Optical office with excellent ser... vices from Dr. Sumner and his staff and thank to Alen for his selections on frame glasses to fit for me and my budget. Thank you so much.
- May. 17, 2021
From the time I entered the office, Dr. Sumner and his staff provided professional and comprehensive... optometry services. Each part of the process (insurance/billing, examination, eyeglass fitting) was completed with exceptional skill and expertise. Alan even helped us with a rebate! So grateful to have found an office with such quality care!
- Apr. 03, 2021
The office had such a nice, welcoming vibe. Dr Sumner and the rest of the staff were efficient, prof... essional, and pleasant to work with.
- Apr. 02, 2021
Veronica (Billing and Insurance) is AWESOME! She is extremely helpful and went way beyond what is ... expected to help resolve some insurance issues.
- Feb. 13, 2021
Highly recommend Sumner Vision. Allen really knows his inventory and listened to what I wanted. I wa... s really happy with the glasses he helped me choose :). Barbara and Brittany are wonderful as well, always welcoming and know how to treat their patients properly! 5 stairs to this team :).
- Dec. 06, 2020
Visiting your optometrist can be a bit daunting for some people much like going to the dentist. Ther... e is a lot strange equipment and big words being used which we have no clue as to their meaning. And, then after your exam, you get the hard pressure sale to buy frames and lenses. Well, NOT at Sumner Vision. They are kind and patient and understanding of the process from the patient's point of view. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do yourself and your eyes a favor by visiting Sumner Vision.
- Nov. 13, 2020
I came back to get my frames fixed and Allen was super helpful and quick with the process ! i would ... recommend Sumner Vision to anyone who wants professional customer service
- Nov. 11, 2020
I was super satisfied with Sumner visions service . All the staff are very friendly and professional... , and the optician was very intelligent and helpful . If you are looking for the perfect eye exam then please come to Sumner Vision ! i will see you guys next year
- Oct. 03, 2020
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- Sep. 29, 2020
I had a wonderful experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful especially Veronica. Dr. Sumne... r is very skilled and efficient. The glasses I got were a great brand and fit amazingly. I recommend this place to anyone who wants great service!! 5 stars
- Sep. 27, 2020
Dr. Sumner was awesome, highly recommended! Took the time to make sure everything was perfect and re... ally sharpened up my vision!
- Sep. 16, 2020
Alan at Dr Sumner and the whole staff were all amazing. Dr Sumner was thorough and very kind. Alan m... ade sure that I pick a fashionable and beautiful frame for my face. The overall experience was totally first class. I highly recommend Sumner vision for excellent service and outstanding professionalism
- Sep. 16, 2020
It was a great experience they had great customer service and all my needs were met I would like to ... thank Barbara for her great attitude
- Sep. 16, 2020
The staff is amazing everybody really helpful & they all made the visit super comforting , & the tec... h barbara was so much help & very very sweet! Definitely would recommend to anyone!
- Sep. 10, 2020
I have a fairly rare eye problem called Corticonis. Sumner vision did a great job diagnosing this p... roblem and getting me a new prescription on my glasses. I am seeing very well for the first time in a long while. I would highly recommend Sumner Vision.

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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 Sumner Vision in Cherry Creek 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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