Diabetic Retinopathy Prevention

Proudly Serving San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro & Nearby Areas of California

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among men and women with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. When detected early on, this diabetic eye disease can easily be treated by the California retina specialists at our Sand Diego area offices. This is just one of the many reasons that people with diabetes should maintain routine eye exams, particularly with age.

If you have diabetes and are noticing changes in your vision, please contact California Retina Associates online or by calling one of our San Diego area offices at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an examination with one of our experienced ophthalmologists.

Step to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

Routine exams can detect early sings of diabetic retinopathy, but prevention is always preferable. While there is no guarantee that you can prevent this vision stealing disorder if you have diabetes, there are steps you can take to greatly reduce your risks.

If you have diabetes, steps you can take to protect your vision include:

  • Control your blood sugar levels
  • Keep blood pressure within a healthy range
  • Do not use tobacco or products containing nicotine like e-cigarettes
  • Get plenty of exercise every day

Daily exercise is essential for proper management of diabetes, but extreme activities such as weight lifting and contact sports may actually increase your risks of damaging the eye – a factor that increases risks for diabetic retinopathy complications. Moderate exercise including jogging, swimming, Pilates, and power yoga, when combined with a healthy diet, are among the most effective ways to keep diabetes under control.

While prevention is ideal, early detection is the next best thing. Diabetics should visit their eye doctor every year for thorough exams and call one of our offices at the first sign of vision changes. We offer safe and effective diabetic retinopathy treatments that can help prevent blindness and preserve clear vision, but time is of the essence. Please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule your appointment today. Our retina specialists maintain offices in Chula Vista and El Centro to better serve men and women living throughout the San Diego area.

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942