Diabetic Eye Treatment in Milwaukee and Brookfield, WI

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Diabetes Does Affect Your Eyes

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness. If you have diabetes, you should have diabetic eye exams at least once a year. Kenneth Weinlander, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist, offers comprehensive diabetic eye exams at Milwaukee Eye Surgeons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Call the practice or book your appointment online today.

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When unmanaged, diabetes damages your blood vessels, including the tiny blood vessels that feed your retinas. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that occurs when the blood vessels in your retinas leak blood and other fluids that damage and scar your retina.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness. Fortunately, when diagnosed early during a diabetic eye exam, diabetic retinopathy is treatable.

In addition to the usual tests, he also uses dilating eye drops to widen your pupils and carefully examine your retinas for any signs of damage.

Most of the time, eye diseases like retinopathy, macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. As diabetic eye diseases progress, you might notice symptoms that include:

  • Increase in floaters 
  • Blurry vision
  • Fluctuating visual acuity
  • Reduced color vision
  • Dark spots in your vision

It’s critical to have routine diabetic eye exams, so Dr. Weinlander can monitor your ocular health and treat diabetic eye diseases before they damage your sight.

During a diabetic eye exam, Dr. Weinlander performs all of the standard eye tests to evaluate your visual acuity and eye health, including glaucoma screenings. In addition to the usual tests, he also uses dilating eye drops to widen your pupils and carefully examine your retinas. 

Early identification of the disease is crucial to effective treatment and management of your condition. In addition to prescribing medications and performing laser treatment where appropriate, he works closely with retina specialists who can help you if you have advanced disease.

Dr. Weinlander offers a comprehensive range of eye surgery services and provides thorough consultations and exams to ensure he recommends the best treatment for your condition.

Dr. Weinlander offers intravitreal injections to improve vision and reverse some diabetic damage. He will examine you to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment during your diabetic eye exam.

It’s essential to have diabetic eye exams to protect your eye health and prevent blindness if you have diabetes. Call Milwaukee Eye Surgeons or make an appointment online today.

What Happens If Diabetic Eye Disease Is Not Treated?

If diabetic eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy or macular edema, it can potentially lead to severe complications and even irreversible damage to the eyes. 

Below is a list of potential complications that can occur if diabetic eye disease is not treated:

  • Vision loss - The most common complication of untreated diabetic eye disease is vision loss. This is usually mild but can worsen without the proper treatment. If it becomes severe enough, untreated diabetic eye disease can cause blindness. 
  • Retinal detachment - In advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy, scar tissue can start to form on the blood vessels. This increases the risk of retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is a serious medical condition where the retina pulls away from the eye. This causes the eye to lose nutrients and oxygen, which will eventually cause vision loss.
  • Neovascular glaucoma - Neovascular glaucoma is a severe form of glaucoma that is characterized by abnormal blood vessel growth and the angle of the eye being closed off. This is typically caused by a lack of blood flow to the retina. Symptoms of neovascular glaucoma include severe eye pain, seeing halos around lights, redness of the eye, headaches, and nausea and vomiting.
  • Blindness - If diabetic eye disease is not treated properly and is allowed to progress to advanced stages, it can lead to blindness. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness

It is crucial for any patient who has diabetes to schedule regular eye exams as well as manage their blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Keeping these in check can help patients reduce the risk of diabetic eye disease and prevent its progression if it occurs. Early detection and treatment are critical to preserving a patient’s eye health and preventing the onset of complications.

How Often Should Diabetic Patients Schedule Eye Exams?

Patients with diabetes should schedule an eye exam at least once a year, even if they do not show signs of diabetic eye disease. For those who have pre-existing eye conditions, you may have to schedule multiple exams every year.

How is Diabetic Eye Disease Treated?

Diabetic eye disease can be treated in a variety of ways. However, the type of treatment needed depends on the condition and how severe it is. Some patients may require medication, while others might need surgery, such as a vitrectomy. You will need to consult with Dr. Weinlander so he can construct a proper treatment plan specific to your needs.

Can Diabetic Eye Disease Affect Both Eyes?

Yes, diabetic eye disease can affect both eyes. This is why it is critical to schedule routine eye exams, as diabetic eye conditions often affect both eyes.

What Lifestyle Changes Can Help Prevent the Onset of Diabetic Eye Disease?

There are various lifestyle changes that can help prevent the onset of diabetic eye disease.

These changes include the following:

  • Properly manage your blood sugar levels
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a nutritional, well-balanced diet
  • Refraining from smoking
  • Getting enough physical activity

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"Dr. Weinlander is very knowledgeable, thorough and patient! He spent time helping me understand more about my eye health. I was very satisfied with the service I received."

- Brian K.

"Great location, nice office, and personable staff. It was easy to schedule and I was able to get a contacts and glasses prescription. All COVID measures were in place and everything was wiped down and sanitized so I felt super safe. Recommended this place to my mom and I will be visiting again."

- Julie E.

"Dr. Weinlander is incredibly knowledgeable and was able to take a more conservative approach to my eye problem where my regular optometrist wanted to do something that would have been painful and costly. I highly recommend setting an appointment at Milwaukee Eye Surgeons."

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