Diabetes  can rob a person of their vision.
But diseases like Diabetic Retinopathy and
Macular Degeneration are not as hard to
treat as before. See how we are
breaking new ground in treating these problems.
Eye Doctor Ophthalmologist Dunedin / Clearwater FL 34698, Eye Doctor Ophthalmologist New Port Richey, FL 34652, Eye Doctor Ophthalmologist, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 / Macular Degeneration / Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in the world and a growing epidemic in our country; with more than $218 Million in medical costs directly related to
diabetes and its related health issues.  Diabetic Retinopathy affects more than 30% of all diabetics and often shows no signs or symptoms.   Early detection is

the most effective way to maintain your vision with diabetic retinopathy.  People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to go blind.  Hispanics and African-
Americans with diabetes are at an even higher risk — almost 50 percent more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the blood vessels in the eye when chronically high amounts of blood sugar begin to clog or damage
blood vessels within the eye’s retina.  Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at risk of diabetic retinopathy.    

Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR)
This early stage of diabetic retinopathy — identified by deposits forming in the retina and visible only through a retinal exam by an Ophthalmologist — can occur
at any time after the onset of diabetes.  Often no visual symptoms are present, but examination of the retina can reveal tiny dot and blot hemorrhages.  

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR)
Of the diabetic eye diseases, proliferative diabetic retinopathy has the greatest risk of vision loss.  This occurs with the development of abnormal blood vessels

on or adjacent to the optic nerve and vitreous.  Hemorrhaging of these blood vessels and bleeding creates sudden vision loss.

What are the Treatments?
The best treatment for diabetic retinopathy is to prevent it. Strict control of your blood sugar will significantly reduce the long-term risk of vision loss. Treatment
usually won't cure diabetic retinopathy nor does it usually restore normal vision, but it may slow the progression of vision loss. Without treatment, diabetic
retinopathy progresses steadily from minimal to severe stages. The Healthy Diabetic Experience will empower you to find the balance you need to
help you gain control of your diabetes.

Laser surgery
The laser is a very bright, finely focused light. It passes through the clear cornea, lens and vitreous without affecting them in any way. Laser surgery shrinks
abnormal new vessels and reduces macular swelling.

Medication injections
In some cases, Dr. Powers may prescribe injections to help treat diabetic retinopathy.   The medication reduces the swelling, leakage, and growth of unwanted
blood vessel growth in the retina, and may improve how well you see.  Medication treatments may be given once or as a series of injections at regular intervals,
usually around every four to six weeks or as determined by your doctor.

Dr. Powers and the Healthy Vision Institute creates customized treatments for each patient, utilizing all of the latest and most advanced available treatments

best suited for the individual.
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