Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of Diabetes Mellitus that occurs in the Retina. Diabetes damages the small blood vessels and normal circulation of the body. That is why Diabetics often have problems with the circulation to their legs, kidneys, heart, brain and eyes. When Diabetes causes damage to the small blood vessels in the Retina, it is called Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years old.
Diabetic Retinopathy tends to appear and progress in stages beginning with Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy, progressing to Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy, further advancing to Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy and without proper attention progressing into the most severe stage, Proliferative Retinopathy.
However, with early diagnosis and treatment, progression of the disease and its associated vision loss can at a minimum be slowed, and in many cases vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy can be prevented. To provide the best Maine Diabetic Retinopathy, Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine has highly experienced fellowship trained Vitreoretinal Surgeons and specialists Scott M. Steidl, M.D., Aaron Parnes, M.D., and Jackie K. Nguyen, M.D. who are available for Diabetic Retinopathy examination, consultation and treatment.