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The Intricate Relationship Between Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetic Retinopathy Morristown

Approximately 25.8 million people in the United States live with some form of diabetes. This serious metabolic disease is characterized by high blood sugar, and results from poorly regulated insulin production or impaired insulin response. It can have serious implications for numerous systems within the body, including the eyes. Early detection and treatment is the best defense against diabetic retinopathy. Contact our Morristown practice to schedule an exam.

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Using an advanced imaging technology, Dr. Lalin can identify microaneurysms, or tiny bulges on the arteries that indicate the earliest stages of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic macular edema, one of the most common symptoms of diabetic eye disease, can be treated with medications such as steroids, Avastin®, Eylea®, or laser therapy. The laser therapy uses an innovative, micro-pulse soft tissue laser, which preserves healthy tissue and speeds healing.

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Signs & Symptoms

As diabetic retinopathy progresses, symptoms include blurred vision that will suddenly clear up, a sudden increase in the amount or size of eye floaters, and dark spots that look different or more opaque than normal eye floaters. Eventually, you could experience macular edema (a thickening of the central portion of the retina), retinal detachment, or a buildup of pressure within the eye.


The successful treatment and management of diabetes-related health problems begins with a focus on controlling blood sugar levels. Our team can discuss how your diet directly impacts your diabetic retinopathy symptoms. We also recommend you meet with a dietician or nutritionist trained in diabetes management to further discuss lifestyle changes. These small steps towards conservative treatment can have an important impact on your quality of life. 


Dr. Lalin and the team at Retina & Eye Specialists of New Jersey have received extensive training in the treatment and maintenance of diabetic retinopathy. After performing a thorough examination and review of your case, Dr. Lalin will discuss recommended treatment options, and work cooperatively with you to create an individualized treatment plan that best meets your needs. 

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The retina is the innermost layer at the back of the eye that receives light and controls the central field of vision. Chronic high blood sugar can prompt the delicate blood vessels in this tissue to leak fluid or hemorrhage. It can even lead to improper oxygen levels, retinal detachment, or scarring on the front of the eyes. The key to successful treatment of diabetic retinopathy is early detection.

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