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Diabetic Retinopathy in Rockford

Preserve Your Vision With Primary EyeCare Centers - Edgebrook

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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 Centers - Edgebrook 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 Centers - Edgebrook in Rockford 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 Rockford

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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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- Mar. 26, 2024
I have been a patient of Dr. Kittle for over 15 years! He is awesome! The staff is awesome. My tech ... Rhonda was very helpful and the receptionist Ravena was very helpful as well!
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great experience, great people 💯👍👍👍
- Oct. 24, 2022
The BEST I've ever experienced! The optometrist is very thorough. The office staff is sooo pleasant.... I live out of town otherwise this would be my office of choice for life. 5 stars easily!
- Oct. 28, 2021
EDGEBROOK PRIMARY EYE CARE WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR MY WIFE AND I. THEY TAKE YOU THRU THE PROCESS ... OF THE STAGES OF GIVING A SMOOTH CHECK-UP AND ANSWER ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE. THE CHOICE OF FRAMCES ARE FOR ANY BUDGET. STAFF IS GREAT.
- Sep. 30, 2021
Every employee with whom I had contact was professional and very pleasant.
- Sep. 29, 2021
Dr. Kittle is OUTSTANDING!!
- Sep. 18, 2021
Always a pleasant experience in an office staffed by warm, caring professionals.
- Aug. 28, 2021
Wonderful service. Highly recommend them.
- Aug. 20, 2021
Dr. Priyanka Patel was amazing! She worked magic on me and corrected my left eye to 20/30 vision wh... en I have never been able to read out of it (54 years)! Here manner is amazing and just a very likeable person all around. She cares about her patients and makes extraordinary efforts to make sure your prescriptions are exactly right! Don't look any further for an Optometrist. Trust me, she is the one for you!
- Aug. 12, 2021
Great practice what a fun bunch! The Dr's and staff are very thorough.
- Aug. 12, 2021
Took my son for his 1st eye appointment. They were very patient with him. I myself went to get my ey... es checked too. It was a pleasant experience. Would highly recommend.
- Jul. 16, 2021
During a routine exam I was greeted by friendly faces and rapid service. The tech ,Italiana, was fri... endly and very thorough ! She explained the testing and gave me her undivided attention with her care. Dr. Prayika Patel was prompt to ask for an additional test after noticing a troubling area in my right eye. She was comforting and clearly showed me what concerned her that day. She was professional but very caring. She discovered that I needed eye surgery and Italia followed up immediately by getting a date set for surgery before I left my appointment. I am so impressed with the level of care I experienced and I appreciate each of those who provided me with sight-saving care ! Thank you, Primary Eye Care !
- Jul. 15, 2021
Dr Patel was awesome. Took a lot of time and explained everything to me. Her assistant, Erica was ... superb. Very friendly and organized business. I highly recommend!
- Jul. 10, 2021
Michelle helped me find the perfect pair of glasses for me. She was kind, patient, professional, and... knowledgeable.
- Jun. 30, 2021
Dr Kittle has been our family eye doctor for years. He is amazing. He is very kind and really cares ... about his patients. He is the most knowledgeable vision Doctor I have ever know. He always makes us feel comfortable during the exams and he has a fun sense of humor. He makes my sons comfortable by talking about Star Wars to help them relax during the exam. He is very patient. My son when younger had a vision condition that is uncommon and really was impacting his life. Other types of doctors were miss diagnosing him with other conditions but but Dr. Kittle found right away that his situation was due to his eyes. All my son needed was vision therapy and his condition he had is completely gone after the therapy. I have a neurological condition and I have had 2 brain surgeries and he understands how my condition effects my eyes. Plus I am very difficult to fit for contacts because of complex condition with my eyes but he had always been able to find contacts that work for me. Just this week I was having an issue with my eyes and he came in a half an hour earlier just to see me because he was double booked with patients that day. After the exam he did find my eyes did need treatment and I really appreciate him coming in to work early just to treat me before his day started. He is truly a great doctor. I highly recommend him. Technicians to do adjustments are awesome. I like them all and they are all very kind and professional. Victor is very kind and always greets me when I come in. I will always recommend anyone to go here. I would not go anywhere else.
- Jun. 30, 2021
Dr Anderson is always very kind, attentive and professional. Very detailed examination. When choosin... g frames/glasses lots of variety with brand name, style and sizes for all. Luke was an excellent optician to assist with selecting and ordering my new frames. He was even able to get my pair from last year that were broken covered under warranty. Great place for excellent care and customer service! Highly recommend!
- Jun. 24, 2021
Had a great visit,. Brie was a joy to work with and Dr Hillman took lots of time to explain everythi... ng.
- Jun. 22, 2021
Had a great experience as a new patient from start to finish. Was seen right at my appointment time,... staff is both friendly and professional. Very much appreciated Michelle’s skill and knowledge and helping me build the perfect pair of glasses!
- Jun. 18, 2021
Dr Kittle and his tech Brie are wonderful to go to! They really take their time to explain everythin... g and also listen! Everyone at Edgebrook Primary Eye have been awesome to work with! Would highly recommend!
- Jun. 08, 2021
The team at the Edgebrook Primary Eye Care center was no less than stupendous. I was taken care of b... y Dr. Hillmann and the young professional Chase. Dr. Hillmann is very clear and skips no detail when it comes to giving you the full information about your eyes. Any questions that you have about your eyes, Dr. Hillmann will answer with utmost confidence and intelligence. The center has a retina photo option - I highly recommend. I have not had access to such technology at my previous optometrists. This just shows how dedicated the team at Edgebrook is when it comes to getting the most out of your visit. The entire staff was friendly, professional, and confident when it came to running the tests on me. I recommend this place of business to anyone. To those who have poor vision (I have -8.5), those who are just getting glasses, and those who just don’t know where to go. You will walk out of there knowing that you were properly taken care of.

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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 Centers - Edgebrook in Rockford 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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