Diabetic Retinopathy

Learn More About Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment at Aurora

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss. As the name suggests, diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. It can happen to anyone with diabetes, but it is more common in people whose diabetes is poorly controlled.

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy – nonproliferative (background) retinopathy and proliferative retinopathy. Nonproliferative retinopathy can cause macular edema (swelling of the retina) and blurry vision. This type can progress to proliferative retinopathy.

When someone has proliferative retinopathy, tiny blood vessels grow into the part of the eye called the vitreous. The vitreous is the fluid that fills the interior of the eyeball. When these blood vessels break and bleed, it can cause severe vision loss.

How is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

Ophthalmologists at Aurora Health Care will prescribe treatment for diabetic retinopathy depending on the type and severity of the disease. Treatment options may include using lasers to slow or stop the abnormal growth of blood vessels, or a procedure called a vitrectomy that removes the vitreous and fills the vitreous space with a replacement fluid. This can help minimize or reverse vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Because diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, Aurora ophthalmologists work in tandem with diabetes specialists and internal medicine doctors to help you control your diabetes and prevent damage to your eyes.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.