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Upper West Side Ophthalmologist, Dr. Schottenstein,
Provides Patients With Diabetic Eye Care

Dr. Schottenstein and his team are always striving to provide the best ophthalmic care in a comfortable, friendly environment for all of our patients. We understand how important maintaining proper eye care is, and we want you to have as much information as possible to make an informed decision about the treatment and procedures that
are right for you. One of our most common conditions that we assist our patients with is glaucoma, and knowing what glaucoma is and the best way to combat it is the first step in treating it.


As one of the most common diseases in ophthalmologic patients with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is an eye
disease that damages the blood vessels in the retina. It usually affects both eyes. Both patients with
Type I or Type II diabetes are at risk for this disease.


There are no common, exclusive symptoms that set diabetic retinopathy apart from other eye diseases in the early stages. Typically, as it sets in, diabetic retinopathy will cause retinal swelling due to the leakage of fluid from the retinal blood vessels. This will cause blurred vision and / or distortion.

Further, displacement of receptors within the retina can cause objects to appear small, abnormally large, blurry or distorted. If you suddenly begin to experience blurry vision, “floaters” or “floating spots” in your vision, contact Dr. Schottenstein immediately. It is important to diagnose the potential problem as soon as possible.

If left untreated, proliferative diabetic retinopathy will be more likely to cause severe vision loss and even blindness. The earlier you receive treatment, the more likely it will produce an effective result.

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What Are The Stages Of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Now that we’ve determined some symptoms to look out for, it’s time to discuss the stages
diabetic retinopathy manifests itself. There are four stages of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Mild Non-Proliferative Retinopathy – This is when minor swelling occurs in small regions in the tiny blood vessels of the retina.
  • Moderate Non-Proliferative Retinopathy – This is when the blood vessels in the retina swell until they are blocked.
  • Severe Non-Proliferative Retinopathy – The blockage of the blood vessels causes malnourishment to the retina. This sends signals to the body to create new blood vessels.
  • Proliferative Retinopathy – These newly formed blood vessels develop along the surface of the retina. The vessels are extremely fragile and will bleed, causing a vitreous hemorrhage, which will ultimately lead to blindness. The fragility of these vessels can also cause them to leak slowly, which will lead to macula edema, causing sever vision loss over time and eventual blindness.

How Do We Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy?

Typically, we can spot diabetic retinopathy in the early stages during a routine eye exam. That’s why if you have diabetes, it is extremely important that you maintain regular visits to your ophthalmologist to ensure both eye health and overall health.

Dr. Schottenstein closely observes and monitors the eyes for leaking blood vessels and other symptoms and signs associated with diabetic retinopathy. If a patient is in the final stage, Proliferative Retinopathy, laser treatments can be used to help shrink the fragile blood vessels. This treatment can help preserve any remaining sight.


Is There Any Way To Prevent
Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic patients can prevent this disease by maintaining great overall health. Patients must carefully monitor their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. The most important factor, however, especially in terms of vision loss and diabetes, is maintaining a healthy blood sugar level at all times.

Is There A Cure?

There are no known cures for diabetic retinopathy. Since diabetes affects the entire body, the blood vessels in the retina are susceptible to the disease by its nature. The best measures to take are preventative. As discussed above, blood sugar control is the number one way to combat the disease, along with regular exercise. Keeping your diabetes in check will keep diabetic retinopathy in check, too!


Why Choose Dr. Schottenstein As My Ophthalmologist If I Have Diabetes?

Dr. Schottenstein is the right choice for many reasons. First and foremost, he is a specialist in diabetic eye care and can provide expert treatments and guidance in dealing with glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy if your diabetes causes any of those diseases to set in. Beyond that, his Upper West Side, New York City office is equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology to assist in delivering optimal care for patients.

Through utilizing digital photography, intravenous fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography,
ultrasound technology, intraocular lenses and Yag Laser Technology, we are equipped to treat any eye disease
effectively. Dr. Schottensteins years of experience and knowledge provide our patients with the best care possible.
If you live or work near the Upper West Side or Chelsea, New York City our office is conveniently located for your
treatments. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule you ophthalmology appointment!