In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. While it can cause cataracts and glaucoma, diabetes can also cause a complication involving retinal blood vessels that nourish the eye becoming abnormal and damaged due to raised sugar levels. This is known as diabetic retinopathy, and at the office of Dr. Paul Thompson, we are committed to providing compassionate and personalized diabetic Las Vegas eye care and management.
Often, one may not be aware of any symptoms even when significant diabetic retinopathy is present, so it is important to visit your Dr. Thompson for Las Vegas eye care as an eye exam by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist is the only means of detecting diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Thompson will perform a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, pupil dilation, and careful examination of your retina. After the pupil is dilated, a device is used to view the retina and determine the extent of the retinopathy. Your eye doctor may administer a fluorescein dye test, where an injection of dye into a vein in the arm is followed by several minutes of retinal photos being taken. This creates a detailed cross-sectional image of the eye, allowing Dr. Thompson to better determine the extent of your retinopathy. However, the best therapy for diabetic retinopathy, as with most optical ailments, is prevention. Studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can significantly lower the risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Laser surgery is often the first line of treatment if macular edema or proliferative retinopathy is present. The primary goal of this treatment is to prevent further vision loss, but it is not a cure. Other, less invasive treatments include medications.
If you are experiencing blurred vision to any extent, or notice small specks or large floaters obscuring your vision, especially if you are diabetic, is it vital to your optical and overall health that you contact the office of Dr. Thompson for a comprehensive eye exam and Las Vegas eye care. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, but it can easily be prevented by calling and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Thompson today.
Are you due for your next comprehensive eye exam? At the office of Dr. Paul Thompson, the number one Las Vegas eye doctor, we make it a point to emphasize the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams for each and every one of our patients. Having your eyes examined regularly is highly advisable for a number of reasons. Firstly, it ensures that your vision is in tact and that you are seeing as clearly as possible, and if you are not seeing as clearly as possible, it gives our Las Vegas eye doctor the opportunity to give you the treatment you need to do so. Secondly, eye examinations are crucial when it comes to early detection and treatment of common eye conditions, many of which do not present any symptoms outright in the beginning stages, meaning that you would not be able to recognize their development on your own. In these ways, comprehensive eye exams are imperative when it comes to your general health and safety.
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During each eye comprehensive eye exam, our Las Vegas eye doctor will use a series of tests and specific examinations in order to do an in-depth analysis of the current state of your vision and overall eye health. Some of these specific tests include: a visual acuity test, a retinal examination, corneal topography, refraction, a slit lamp examination, a cover test, and more. These are all designed to check on certain parts of your eyes, and to evaluate your vision quality. If you use contact lenses or eyeglasses, we will also check on your current prescription and determine if it needs to be updated. Our Las Vegas eye doctor will also evaluate the fit of your contact lenses to make sure they are the right size and shape for your eyes. The entire exam is usually completed in about one hour or less, which is a slim price to pay for the confidence of knowing that your eyes are healthy and seeing clearly.
If you would like to learn more about comprehensive eye exams or any of the other many services provided by our Las Vegas eye doctor, please visit Dr. Thompson’s main website to browse through some additional information and detailed descriptions about our office. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact our staff by calling us directly, or sending out a message online.
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Paul Thompson O.D.
4505 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102