Our Diabetic Eye Specialists Can Help You

Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment

Diabetes may cause damage to your blood vessels in the retina which may lead to a loss in vision.

This disease can be treated, but it is best to monitor good blood sugar control to avoid the negative effects of diabetes.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease?

We invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our diabetic doctors in Traverse City if you are experiencing any of these.

  • If the person has fairly large, rapid shifts in their blood sugar levels, they may notice that their vision becomes blurry. This may occur prior to the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, or it may develop after the initiation of treatment or a change in treatment of diabetes mellitus. This difficulty with vision or focusing will disappear once blood sugar levels have been stable for approximately one week.
  • Even if the person has background diabetic retinopathy or early proliferative diabetic retinopathy, it is possible that they may not have any symptoms, or they may experience mild-to-severe blurring or vision loss. Many people with severe diabetic eye disease may not realize that they have a vision problem until it is too late and permanent damage has already occurred.
  • If the person has a cataract, vision may become blurry or hazy. At night, the person may experience glare from oncoming lights.
  • If the person has glaucoma, they may not experience any symptoms until a significant loss of vision has already occurred.
  • In diabetic eye disease due to diabetic retinopathy, symptoms of pain or discomfort in the eyes are usually not present.

Our diabetic doctors are trained in the treatment of diabetes by using the most up-to-date technology.

TC Eye offers intravitreal injections including Avastin®, Lucentis®, and Eylea®. Traverse City Eye is also proud to offer the area’s only Micropulse® laser treatment- subthreshold laser to minimize the need for intravitreal injections.

IRIDEX’s Patented MicroPulse® Laser Therapy at TC Eye

MicroPulse® allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses, minimizing or preventing tissue damage to the eye. These are true tissue-sparing capabilities for repeatable retinal laser sessions with new alternatives for refractory and sub-clinical edema. Treatment risks are reduced or eliminated, with increased patient comfort than with conventional, continuous-wave laser treatment. In many practices, MicroPulse® has now completely replaced conventional laser for macular edema resulting from diabetes or retinal vein occlusion.

Traverse City Eye is one of the most experienced practices in the Grand Traverse Region. Our eye doctors and exceptional staff provide you with the widest array of current options for optimizing your vision if you are a diabetic in the Grand Traverse area. Request an appointment today.