Preserve Your Vision With Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland

Diabetic Retinopathy in Southwest Houston

Preserve Your Vision With Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland

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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 Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland 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, Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland in Southwest Houston 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 Southwest Houston

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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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- Oct. 28, 2022
Definitely recommended! The staff is really nice and Dr. Wong is super knowledgeable.
- Oct. 26, 2022
Dr. Wong was great!
- Oct. 23, 2022
very friendly & professional with expertise I can depend on
- Sep. 22, 2022
I visited yesterday for an OCT test. Dr. Wong patiently explained to me the results in details. She ... Show Morehas been my optometrist for many years and she has been very friendly and considerate. Both doctor and staffs treated me friendly and with respect.
- Aug. 07, 2022
Memorial Eye Center staffs were friendly, helpful.
- Apr. 18, 2022
If I can give them 10 stars, I would. Great service from every single person at that place. Harold, ... Show MoreGina, and Dr. Zaibak stand out. Everyone is very willing to help and extremely responsive. The quality of their glasses is great, price are good and the store is very clean and well maintained. I’ll always recommend this place!
- Apr. 10, 2022
My experience has always been great. Dr Zaibaq always takes his time and explains everything in an u... Show Morenderstanding manner. I always enjoy talking to him. He has been my Optometrist for 15 years and he is just awesome!
- Jan. 20, 2022
The staff is great, when you need to talk to someone, there is always someone available. Everyone kn... Show Moreows their stuff.
- Dec. 20, 2021
Friendly, professional, and fast service!! Dr. Wong is wonderful as is the rest of the staff. I love... Show More my new progressives and my cool, new sunglasses!
- Dec. 17, 2021
Dr. Zaibaq is an extremely thorough and thoughtful Optometrist. I highly recommend him.
- Nov. 18, 2020
Been coming here for years, Dr.Zaibaq has always been very professional and helpful. Especially in C... Show Moreorona times Dr.Zaibaq came in clutch. I've since gotten checked up with Dr.Wong for the last 3 years and have never been happier with the level of service and prescriptions.
- Oct. 22, 2018
Dr. Wong was very professional and answered all my questions. She was very patient and let me try on... Show More many different brands of contacts until I found one I liked. Any issues I had were immediately fixed. When I told her one eye did not see as clearly as the other, she took me back to the room, ran some tests, and was quickly able to make the adjustment. The lady fitting glasses is very good too. I have a high prescription so the lenses are quite heavy. It took several visits to find a light enough frame and adjust it so that it wouldn't press down on my nose. The lady was very patient and made sure I was comfortable with my glasses. I know some other places the staff would be lazy to adjust the glasses and tell the customer to go somewhere else, but the people here are very responsible, patient, and skillful at adjusting glasses. I was getting both contacts and glasses, but I could only use my insurance for either frames or contacts but not both. Dr. Wong and other staff wrote down all the pricings for me, whether I get monthly or daily contacts, whether I get year supply, half year, 3 months, whether I use my insurance for frames or contacts, how much I pay after insurance and rebates, etc. It was hard to make a decision at first, but Dr. Wong and staff neatly wrote down all the pricings and helped me find the most cost-effective option. Anyways, the people here are very professional and I recommend this place to everyone.
- Nov. 18, 2016
I'm thoroughly satisfied with my service. From the online appointment setup and verification to the ... Show Moretotal eye examination.
- Nov. 16, 2016
The front desk employees are very nice. I have been going here for years and couldn't be happier wit... Show Moreh everyone working there. Cynthia is especially helpful when ever I go there. The selection of frames is extensive. Dr "Z" is very patient and caring. I would definitely recommend Eye Trends Myerland.
- Jul. 26, 2016
Dr. Zaibaq fits me so well with contact lenses that sometimes I forget that I have them on. Its inc... Show Moreredible! Dedicated to his patients and their eye health.
- Feb. 16, 2016
Dr. Zaibaq is absolutely the best. Wouldn't trust me eye exam with anybody else.
- Feb. 15, 2016
They were so nice and really helped me along the way. Had an insurance issue and they fixed it right... Show More away!!! I love eye trends
- Aug. 25, 2015
I have been coming to this place for years. I had my prescription and just needed to pick out frames... Show More. Memo was very helpful. He has such a pleasant attitude. He was very helpful with me picking my frames. This place has a wide variety of frames and are very trendy. Simply love this place. Memo is great. Highly recommended.
- Jul. 27, 2015
Dr. Zaibaq is extremely professional, thorough and knowledgeable. His priority goes beyond just gett... Show Moreing your eyeglass or contacts prescription right; his concern is in the overall health of your eyes. I highly recommend him and all the doctors at Eye Trends!
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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 Memorial Eye Center - Meyerland in Southwest Houston 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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