DIABETIC Retinopathy

Our experienced, comprehensive eye care will protect your vision
and keep your diabetic retinopathy symptoms in check.

Protecting Your Sight Against Permanent Vision Loss

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults and affects nearly ten million Americans annually. Thankfully, Levin Eyecare has the tools you need to prevent vision loss and properly manage your condition.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that is caused by unsafe blood sugar levels in a person with diabetes. High levels of blood sugar damage your retina, which is the part of the eye that sends visual signals to the brain. Diabetic retinopathy damages blood vessels around the retina, or may cause new, abnormal vessels to form. The damage done by this insidious condition is permanent.

Advanced Diagnostics Make All the Difference

Proper management of diabetic retinopathy requires careful monitoring in annual eye exams by trusted and experienced eye doctors. We have that needed expertise, which is backed highly advanced imaging tech — like our Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which closely scans the retina and can detect even the smallest anomalies or oddities on the surface of your eyes. We use accurate, data-driven diagnostic results to craft your treatment plan so we can effectively meet your vision needs.

How We Manage Diabetic Retinopathy

At Levin Eyecare, we use our collective experience and cutting-edge technology to find the best path forward, but we also communicate closely with the other medical teams overseeing your diabetes, which may include your primary care doctor, retina specialists, and possibly your endocrinologist. We share our exam results and ongoing treatment plans, so we have a full understanding of your medications, symptoms, and diagnostic results. This allows us to properly monitor your eyes and take every precaution to protect your vision.

Why Trust Us for Diabetic Retinopathy Management?

Nobody understands your eyes and eye health better than your eye doctor. Our expert team of optometrists and ophthalmologists closely monitor your sight, making us the logical first step in your diabetic retinopathy care. And we also know when your condition has progressed to the point where other experts need to be involved, and have a robust referral network of trusted doctors that can help co-manage your condition should the symptoms become severe.



Does diabetic retinopathy lead to macular edema?

Yes. Diabetic retinopathy damages the retina when blood sugar levels are elevated, which causes swelling and inflammation at the back of the eye. The swelling affects the central part of the retina called the macula, which is responsible for the clearest, straight-ahead vision.

What are common diabetic eye problems?

Diabetic retinopathy isn’t your only concern with diabetes. Other conditions of concern include cataracts, glaucoma, and macular edema.

What makes a diabetic eye test different from a typical eye exam?

In many ways, they are similar. We run all the same sight and eye health tests, but a diabetic eye exam conducts extra tests to ensure that your condition has not progressed. These tests focus specifically on the retina and surrounding tissue.

Does diabetic retinopathy cause cloudy, foggy, or blurred vision?

Yes — as the condition progresses, diabetic retinopathy damages eye muscles and tissue that begins to harm your vision. Diabetic retinopathy patients may experience these symptoms and more, like dark areas, floaters, difficulty seeing colors, and vision loss.