Diabetic patients in and around Rapid City, South Dakota, can benefit from Dr. Shane Clark’s expert training and experience in diagnosing and treating diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Clark helps patients at his practice, Infinity EyeCare. Diabetic retinopathy can eventually lead to blindness, so schedule regular eye exams to protect your eye health and vision.
Diabetics can develop diabetic retinopathy due to high blood sugar levels, which damage the tiny blood vessels in their retinas. The condition can also cause abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina. Also referred to as diabetic eye disease, retinopathy occurs in two stages:
Some of the common symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include a swarm of dark floaters in your vision and vision loss. If you are diabetic, you should have regular eye exams so that Dr. Clark is able to examine your retinas. Typically, your pupils will be dilated with drops so that Dr. Clark is able to see into your eyes and examine your retinas. He may also use a yellow dye to check the integrity of the blood vessels in your retina or use a machine to check optical coherence tomography, which is another way to closely examine the retina to check for thickness and other signs of swelling or damage.
The first and most important thing a patient can do to control and prevent diabetic retinopathy is to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. If you control your blood sugar, you will reduce the risk of damage to your retinas. Follow your doctor’s instructions for your diet to regulate your blood sugar levels. If you start to develop diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Clark will provide medicine that can help to reduce swelling in your macula, slowing vision loss and even improving your vision. Steroids may also help to reduce macular swelling. In some cases, Dr. Clark may recommend laser surgery to close off leaking blood vessels and shrink and stop the development of new ones.
We will gladly submit your visit to your insurance provider directly for all covered services if you are able to supply an updated proof of insurance at the time of your visit. Please call our office to find out if we are a listed provider with your medical or vision plan. Any co-pays or co-insurances are due at the time of service. Any remaining balance not covered by your insurance provider will be your responsibility and due upon receipt of your first invoice. Please be aware that some of the services we provide may not be covered by insurance. We are currently in the process of being added to insurance providers' panels. Check back regularly to see if we have been added to your insurance plan as a provider. If you don't see your insurance listed, please call the office for the most up-to-date listings.
"My visit with Dr. Clark was great. Was easy to get a quick appointment. He clearly explained the exam process. Would recommend to anyone in Rapid City."
"Excellent care!! Dr. Clark is very knowledgeable, caring, and very personable! I highly recommend Infinity Eye Care for all your eye care needs!!"
"I love this office. Dr. Clark was funny, efficient, and has the latest technology to ensure the most accurate prescription. Glasses selection was great."
"This place is amazing! Super clean, modern environment. HUGE selection of frames that are extremely well priced!"
"I took my younger son for his glasses and the optometrist was amazing with his exam. I would 100% recommend them and will use them in the future."
"Dr. Clark and Jess are amazing!!! The selection of glasses are really good and I have found several pairs. Thank you for making the whole experience enjoyable!"
"So impressed with the thorough exam! Diagnosed with dry eyes & great detailed explanation for treatment. Thanks Infinity Eye Care!!"
"Extremely kid friendly! My whole family had an awesome experience with Dr. Clark. We will definitely be back!"
"Dr. Clark was very thorough and knowledgable. The receptionist was friendly and helped pick out great frames. Highly recommended!"
"Infinity EyeCare made it fun and easy for our little girl to pick out her very first pair of glasses. Friendly staff and great prices!"