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Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that solely impacts diabetics. It happens when the delicate vascular system that supplies the retina – the tissue at the back of the eye that helps us see – starts to swell or leak. Amid the initial phases of the ailment, there might be no detectable side effects, so it’s essential to have your eyes checked in any event once every year, on the off chance that you have diabetes. Visit any of the 6 Houston Eye Trends locations. Be sure to contact your Woodlands office at (281) 363-2020.

The Importance of Diabetic Eye Exams for those with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends that you see your eye care professional at least once a year for a dilated eye exam. Having your regular doctor look at your eyes is not enough nor is having your eyeglass prescription tested by an optician. Only optometrists and ophthalmologists can detect the signs of retinopathy. Only ophthalmologists can treat retinopathy.

If You Have Diabetic Retinopathy

Proper follow ups with your eye doctor are critical. Vision lost to diabetic retinopathy is sometimes irreversible. However, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness by 95 percent. Because diabetic retinopathy often lacks early symptoms, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. People with diabetic retinopathy may need eye exams more frequently. Appointments Green button

Dull or dark spots in your visual field, or hazy vision, which increases over time is a strong indicator for Diabetic Retinopathy.

Whether you have type 1, type 2, or even simply gestational diabetes, you have an increased chance to have diabetic retinopathy. The more time you have had the disorder, the more prominent the potential risk. It is critical to monitor your glucose levels to counteract vision loss, and this may require a visit back to your general care doctor.

Treating diabetic retinopathy can incorporate vitrectomy, supplanting the inward gel-like substance that supports the eyeball structure, and laser surgery.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.