Vision loss describes partial or complete loss of vision. You can lose your vision suddenly or gradually over time because of an injury or a range of underlying eye conditions like:
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes sugar it uses for energy. Over time, increased blood sugar levels can lead to permanent nerve damage in your body, especially in your eye, which can lead to vision loss.
When you have diabetes, you may experience blurred vision, see shadows, or notice areas of your vision are missing. Many people also have difficulty seeing at night.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can ultimately damage your optic nerve, the nerve that sends images of what you see to your brain. Increased pressure in your eye typically causes optic nerve damage that can lead to vision loss and blindness without treatment.
Macular degeneration is an eye disorder that causes the slow destruction of your central vision. This type of damage makes it difficult for you to see objects up close, read, or see fine details in images.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Network Eye if you have any changes in your vision, especially if you have sudden vision loss.
To identify what’s causing your vision loss, the Network Eye team offers diagnostic eye tests and diabetes eye tests in-office.
During your evaluation, the team may dilate your eyes to get a clear picture of your retina and the other structures at the back of your eye. They also use IDx-DR technology to take photos of the back of your eye without the need for dilation.
This technology helps the team diagnose diabetes-related damage and optic nerve damage that can cause vision loss.
While the Network Eye team can’t restore any vision you lost, they do offer treatments to improve your eye health and preserve the vision you still have.
Treatments that can improve and protect your vision may include:
The team also uses diagnostic technologies to evaluate how well treatment is working for your condition. They recommend routine eye exams to monitor your eye health and identify other potential issues that can increase your risk for further vision loss.
If you need help managing vision loss, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Network Eye by calling the office or booking online today.