Preserve Your Vision With Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill

Diabetic Retinopathy in Spring Hill

Preserve Your Vision With Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill

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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 Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill 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, Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill in Spring Hill 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 Spring Hill

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  • Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna

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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- Feb. 24, 2024
Great experience for my daughter and I!
- Feb. 06, 2024
I started going here acouple years ago for my routine eye appointments when we moved to the area. Al... l the Doctors have been amazing, the front office staff is always friendly and helpful. About a month ago I got a very bad eye infection and lucky came in early and caught it before it got even worse. Dr. Engle treated me and was beyond amazing. He was very knowledgeable on how to get it healed as quick as posisble. It was during the snow storm so I had to miss some appoinntments but Dr. Engle made sure I had a way to contact him incase it got worse or I had any questions or concerns during that time. This office is great and they show that they really care about their patients.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Dr. Engle and staff are extremely nice.
- Dec. 31, 2023
Great staff and Doctor. What else do you want?
- Dec. 15, 2023
Excellent service!!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great place, no pressure and excellent people.
- Nov. 04, 2023
Dr Young took the time to explain some different things to us and great detail. The exam was not ru... shed.
- Oct. 23, 2023
Love both the doctors AND the staff at this location. I'm always treated kindly and thoughtfully an... d get really good information at my appointments.
- Oct. 07, 2023
Great people! Excellent eye doctors and plenty of options for frames.
- Oct. 06, 2023
The staff is friendly. Dr Wong takes his time and has a gentle way about him. Very pleased
- Sep. 29, 2023
Great team of people
- Sep. 01, 2023
very friendly and fun staff. Dr. Engle is awesome. I had a great experience here 🙂
- Aug. 31, 2023
Dr. Engle and his staff were awesome! I was well taken care of from the time I entered their offic... e till I left. Dr. Engle spent quality time with me which was refreshing and I wasn't rushed or hurried. He even gave me a great recommendation for a doctor who performs eyelid surgery. Wonderful place to go for your eye care.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Such a welcoming & friendly staff. The facility was clean & I was seen in a timely manner. The staff... took the time to make me feel comfortable, listen to my concerns, & educate me. I would definitely recommend this practice as a whole!
- Aug. 14, 2023
The employees at Primary Eye, on Main St, Sp Hill, are so nice and fun (Dr Engle, Crystal, Sam & Mi... ke). Everyone that works there is very personable and knowledgeable. Also- they have different, new technology(since my last exam) for testing your eyes. It was very interesting * For your initial appointment, definitely arrive 15 minutes early, as they ask. I was running late at work & arrived late. It took a while to complete the paperwork (on a tablet). Mike & Sam were there past 5:00 -my fault. I truly recommend this provider 100%. I made an appointment for my 80 year old mother also. Dr Engle is par with Davis (mine) & EyeMed (my mother’s). Of course, always double check with your insurance company before scheduling your appointment. Thank you! Cathy P
- Jul. 23, 2023
Dr. Engle is one of the most caring and personable physicians I ever dealt with. The entire staff is... amazing.
- Jun. 08, 2023
The entire staff is pretty great! From start to finish during my eye exam, I felt heard and seen in ... what I needed switching over to wearing glasses full time. I highly recommend Dr. Engle and his associates at this location!
- May. 22, 2023
I was pleased on all counts. A professional and pleasant experience.
- May. 13, 2023
Top notch service start to finish. The staff is friendly and efficient. Will be coming back for year... s to come.
- Apr. 05, 2023
They took me right in as an emergency. Thank-you so very much. Plus Dr. Engles & Staff are friendly... & can be light hearted.but most of all that were concerned & compassionate. Thank-you..

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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 Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill in Spring Hill 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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