Diabetes Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Current estimates from the National Eye Institute project that 11 million diabetes sufferers will have the most common form of diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, by the year 2030. However, you don’t have to be one of them if you’re proactive about your eye health. It’s especially important for diabetes sufferers to have regular eye exams. You can count on Mona Khan, MD, a highly skilled ophthalmologist at River North Eye Center in Chicago, for the expert diabetic eye-care support you need. Book online or via phone now.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetic eye disease?

Diabetic eye disease is not one single disease. It's actually a group of conditions that diabetes sufferers can develop as their disease progresses. These conditions are:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular edema
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

The most frequently occurring diabetic eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, is the number-one cause of vision loss today in adults ages 20-74.

What are the signs of diabetic eye disease?

If you have diabetes, it's important to watch for potential signs of diabetic eye disease in between your regularly scheduled eye exams. Some of the signs of diabetic eye disease include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Vision distortion
  • Dimming of peripheral vision
  • Dimming of central vision
  • Reduced ability to see colors
  • Flashing lights in your visual field
  • Floating spots or lines in your visual field

Many of these signs might not appear until diabetic eye disease is already advanced. Because of this, it's especially vital that you see the providers at River North Eye Center for regular eye exams.

Your provider can identify the early signs of diabetic eye disease through a complete eye exam that checks your retinas for changes related to your diabetes.

What is the treatment for diabetic eye disease?

The treatment for diabetic eye disease depends on which disease it is, your particular symptoms, and your general health. Some of the treatments for diabetic eye disease can include:


Anti-VEGF or corticosteroid injections can reduce swelling and slow vision loss.

Laser surgery

Laser surgery can stop blood-vessel leakage by sealing them off. This can also inhibit further blood-vessel growth. Laser surgery can reduce eye pressure to slow vision loss. For cataracts, River North Eye Center uses the latest high-tech surgical technique, phacoemulsification.


For advanced diabetic retinopathy, your provider at River North Eye Center can do vitrectomy surgery to remove damaged tissue to allow for proper retinal focus again.

Although these treatments can be very effective, it's important to understand that you can control diabetic eye disease yourself, at least to some degree. If you monitor your blood sugar, eat a healthy diet, and get regular exercise, you've got the best chance to avoid diabetic eye disease.

At River North Eye Center, you always see a medical doctor, so your treatment’s covered by your insurance. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Book online now or call River North Eye Center for an appointment.