Preserve Your Vision With Oasis Vision Center

Diabetic Retinopathy in Mesa

Preserve Your Vision With Oasis Vision Center

Schedule Eye Exam

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.

Blood sugar level check


What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

noraml eye and an eye with  diabetic retinopathy

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 Oasis Vision Center today.


What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

diabetic-retinopothy-oct-scan

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, Oasis Vision Center in Mesa offers diagnostic tests and treatment options to help preserve your vision. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the treatment outcome.

Diabetic-Retinopathy-Bllod-sugar-level-checker


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.


How to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

senior man with diabetic retinopathy

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.

Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

Please note, our practice closes daily 12 PM to 1 PM for lunch.


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 Oasis Vision Center in Mesa 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.

Patient Reviews
4.9
281 Reviews
5
4
3
2
1
- May. 24, 2024
Been using Oasis Vision Center for at least 15 years now. Every visit has been pleasant and Dr. Pipe... r really knows she stuff.
- May. 01, 2024
I am constantly impressed with this office. The optometrists are amazing and the staff is beyond pro... fessional. Neil was able to set me up with a new pair of glasses as well as contact set. He went above and beyond! He made sure that my glasses fit perfectly and searched for the best deals that the office had. He made me feel valued as a customer. I will definitely be back. I highly recommend this vision center!
- Apr. 12, 2024
If you need eye Care, this is where you should go, they are the best!
- Mar. 15, 2024
If you're ever in need of an eye doctor I highly recommend Dr. Doreen Ng at the Oasis Vision Center ... at 4838 Baseline Mesa AZ. The office staff are friendly, welcoming, efficient and professional. Dr. Ng has a fantastic bedside manner, thorough in her explanations, warm and inviting, and provided ideas on how to prevent the problem in the future. I was so impressed with my entire visit that I want people to know where to go when you need eye care.
- Mar. 01, 2024
This was my first visit to this location. The staff was attentive and welcoming. Dr. Ng was very per... sonable and asked a lot of questions relating to my past eye history. I would highly recommend.
- Feb. 24, 2024
Love this office! Dr. Siegel is one of the friendliest doctors I’ve come across and the staff is w... elcoming and friendly.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Great staff great experience helping me get the glasses I needed appreciate it
- Feb. 08, 2024
Very Efficient office, great communication on the status of my eye health
- Feb. 08, 2024
Friendly, professional service
- Feb. 02, 2024
A wonderful place to receive care❤️
- Feb. 02, 2024
Awesome staff and service!
- Jan. 05, 2024
This is a great team! Efficient and caring.
- Jan. 05, 2024
Dr.Ng took care of my kids and myself. She was very thorough and great with kids.
- Jan. 03, 2024
Great Doctors and staff!
- Dec. 24, 2023
Excellent service
- Dec. 08, 2023
Great experience
- Nov. 17, 2023
Great! Highly recommend.
- Sep. 06, 2023
Dr. Pieper and her staff are friendly, professional and overall amazing. I recommend them 100%.
- Sep. 04, 2023
I SAW PEOPLE LOVE THIS LOCATION AND HAD TO SEE FOR MYSELF! I found: Attentive, professional, and pro... mpt staff. The office is clean and the doctor listens to you ramble on!! Lol. I recommend this location. PS- my contacts and glasses arrived within 2-3 days from each other. I waited about a week to get my stuff. 🥹 Other locations COULD NEVER! [For anyone saying this is a terrible location you are HATEFUL AND A KAREN/KEVIN. Move on.]
- Sep. 04, 2023
I moved to the east valley and needed to find a new eye care center. Oasis staff and Dr Pieper were ... friendly, efficient and went beyond my expectations. I’m so happy to have found them and been made to feel so comfortable.

View All 281 Reviews

Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Treatment in Mesa

Our optometry practice in Mesa

Photograph of Milita  Petrauskaite
Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

blood sugaer level testing kit

Have diabetes?

Early detection and timely treatment can prevent vision loss.

Schedule Eye Exam