Treating Diabetic Retinopathy in Mustang, Yukon and El Reno
The condition known as diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the retina that lines the back of your eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among working-age adults. Treatment, which includes eye surgery, depends on the type and severity of retinopathy. In mild cases, blood sugar control may be the only therapy our eye surgeon recommends.
In advanced diabetic retinopathy, eye surgery may become necessary. As an eye surgeon, Dr. Hester can perform laser procedures or an eye surgery called vitrectomy to remove blood from the vitreous (middle eye) and scar tissue that pulls on the retina. Surgery can slow or stop the progression of diabetic eye disease, but cannot cure it. That’s why researchers are currently targeting medications that may prevent abnormal blood vessels from forming in the eye.
Learn more about diabetic retinopathy from a compassionate eye surgeon. Call Ralph Hester, MD, Ophthalmology at 405.271.9500. For your convenience, you can use our Request an Appointment form.