Chula Vista Diabetic Macular Edema Treatment
Diabetic macular edema is a complication of diabetes that affects the macula, or the portion of the retina responsible for clear and detailed central vision. Increased inflammation, leaking blood vessels and/or the growth of new blood vessels cause fluid to form and swell in the retina. The more severe the swelling, the more noticeable the visual symptoms of diabetic macular edema, which include blurry or distorted vision and difficulty reading. Without treatment, the effects of macular edema can make it extremely challenging to focus on a book, a face or another nearby object.
The Chula Vista diabetic macular edema treatment team at California Retina Associates is devoted to identifying signs of the disease early and starting treatment as soon as possible. Our ophthalmologists rely on a range of advanced treatments to address the underlying cause of the problem and prevent it from recurring. The specific treatment recommended depends on the severity and history of the disease, as well as the general health of the eyes.
Laser Therapy to Stop Leaking Blood Vessels
One of the ways that our team can stop the damage from leaking blood vessels is with focused laser light. The heat from the laser closes and destroys the blood vessels to stop the swelling. Laser therapy can also reduce the risk of new blood vessels growing and leaking fluid into the macula.
Anti-VEGF Drugs to Stop Blood Vessel Growth
Another common way to stop the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels is with injections of anti-VEGF drugs. Vascular endothelial growth factor is a protein that tells the eye to grow new, abnormal blood vessels. Anti-VEGF drugs like Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea are designed to block this protein. The medications are injected directly into the eye (while the eye is numbed to prevent discomfort). A series of injections of anti-VEGF drugs, spaced out over time, is usually necessary.
Another important component of treating diabetic macular edema is to control diabetes itself. Our Chula Vista diabetic macular edema treatment providers suggest our patients work with their primary care physician or endocrinologist to manage their diabetes as best possible. This usually involves taking medication as prescribed, eating a healthy diet, avoiding weight gain and attending all doctor’s appointments. Controlling diabetes can prevent the related complications that affect the eyes.
Diabetic Macular Edema Treatment Imperial Beach, Eastlake and Bonita
California Retina Associates conveniently has an office in Chula Vista to serve the South Bay area of San Diego. If you live in or around one of the following communities, our eye doctors are happy to meet with you to discuss how best to manage diabetic macular edema and prevent serious vision loss:
- Otay Ranch
- Rancho Del Ray
- Bella Lago
- Rolling Hills Ranch
- Eastlake Greens
- Yosemite Dr
- Eastlake Woods
- San Ysidro
- National City
- Bonita Long Canyon
- Paseo Ranchero
- Eastlake Trails
- Eastlake Vistas
Contact California Retina Associates Today
Have you have been diagnosed with diabetic macular edema and want to discuss your treatment options with our team of experts? Don’t delay – acting quickly could save your vision. Please call California Retina Associates at 619.425.7755 to make an appointment with our ophthalmologists.