Diabetic Retinopathy

A complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy can affect your vision, ultimately leading to blindness if left untreated.

Let Dr. Robert Wooldridge of the Eye Foundation of Utah serving Salt Lake City, UT, slow the progression of this disease.

The Basics of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can occur in anyone who has gestational, type 1, or type 2 diabetes. The longer you've had diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop diabetic retinopathy.

The retinal disease occurs when high blood sugar keeps blood vessels from nourishing the retina. As a result, the eye grows new blood vessels, but they don't develop properly and leak easily. There are four stages of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Mild nonproliferative retinopathy
  • Moderate nonproliferative retinopathy
  • Severe nonproliferative retinopathy
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Each stage gets progressively worse, affecting more blood vessels and your vision.

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The Dangers of Delayed Treatment Preserve Your Sight – Contact Our Salt Lake City-Area Office Today

When left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to a vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and blindness. Swift intervention is the best way to preserve your vision and prevent these complications. If you have diabetes and you're noticing symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, reach out to our Murray ophthalmology office serving all of Salt Lake City to meet with Dr. Wooldridge as soon as possible.

Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

To prevent vision loss, eye doctors recommend that patients with diabetes complete a yearly eye exam, manage their blood sugar, and pursue early intervention if they are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. If you are diagnosed with the retinal disease, treatment can include:

Controlling Blood Sugar

In its three earliest stages, diabetic patients can slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy by controlling their blood sugar, managing their blood pressure, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough exercise.

Focal Laser Treatment

Macular edema is a condition in which the blood vessels leak into the macula, causing blurry vision. If you've developed macular edema, a condition that can occur during any stage of diabetic retinopathy, focal laser treatment can reduce the amount of fluid in the macula.

Injectable Medication

Diabetic patients with the fourth stage of this retinal disease can benefit from injectable medication that stops the growth of the new blood vessels and decreases the buildup of fluid in the eye.

Scatter Laser Treatment

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy can also be treated with scatter laser treatment. Our Salt Lake City-area office can use this treatment to shrink blood vessels and slow the leaking of blood.


If your vitreous (the fluid inside the eye) has become clouded with blood, a vitrectomy can remove the clouded vitreous and replace it with another solution. Over time, the solution is replaced with the body's natural vitreous.

"Dr. Wooldridge is simply the best in Town, he has been the family doctor for 15 years and he always has the solution to any problem with our eyes.  We have been fortunate to have found Eye foundation of Utah." Gaby

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The Eye Foundation of Utah

Welcome to the Eye Foundation of Utah, a team of eye care specialists led by Dr. Robert Wooldridge, OD, and Dr. Bradley J. Anderson, MD. We have proudly served Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities since 1982 with exceptional eye care. Our professional affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • Optometric Glaucoma Society
  • Utah Optometric Association
  • Mountain West Council of Optometrists

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online, or give us a call at: (801) 268-6408

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