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Diabetic Retinopathy


If you have diabetes, you may be vulnerable to a number of eye disorders, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness if untreated. However, these eye conditions can usually be treated effectively if detected early.


Cape Fear Eye Associates has partnered with Taylor Retina Center to provide medical and surgical eye care exclusively for patients with diseases of the retina, 

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macular and vitreous. Taylor Retina Physicians are board certified, fellowship-trained and have performed thousands of retina procedures in Raleigh and surrounding areas for over 20 years.  Utilizing the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities, we are proud to provide these services to our patients and surrounding communities.  

Taylor Retina Center 1101 Dresser Ct Raleigh, NC 27609

Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the more common conditions that affect diabetes. It's actually the leading cause of blindness in adults in the U.S. This particular condition causes damage to the retina, which is the portion of the eye consisting of nerves. It's the part of the eye that receives light and transfers images to the brain.


Two main types of diabetic retinopathy exist: nonproliferative retinopathy and proliferative retinopathy.


With nonproliferative retinopathy, the small vessels in the back of the eye begins to swell. They then form pouches and eventually rob the retina of its blood supply.


On the other hand, proliferative retinopathy causes new blood vessels to grow, which prevents the retina from getting enough blood. The new vessels are weak, and it's possible for blood to leak from them. This condition causes floaters, blurred vision, black spots in your field of vision, and a loss of your central vision.

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