Millions of Americans each year face vision loss related to diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is diabetes related damage to the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nourishment to the light sensitive tissue on the back of the eye - retina. The condition may result in accumulation of fluid (edema) in the retina, hemorrhages and leakage of other blood proteins in the back of the eye, and obstructed vision. In the more advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, lack of oxygen to the retina causes the spread of blood vessels with faulty walls that can result in profuse bleeding in the cavity of the eye that may even result in retinal detachment.
Dr. Svetlana Tsipursky makes use of the most advanced methods for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. The treatment of the diabetic retinopathy depends on its stage. It may include laser treatment to the center of the retina to block tiny leaking vessels or a more extensive laser treatment for advanced, proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Also injection in the vitreous cavity of steroidal and non-steroidal medications has proven to be effective in the treatment of diabetic macular edema. These injections have to be repeated monthly and may be combined with laser treatment until the condition is treated.
Please call the office of Dr. Tsipursky at 847 724 0101 to schedule an exam for diabetic retinopathy.