Main Office Four Corners Eye Clinic 575 Rivergate Lane #212 Durango, CO 81301 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Satellite Office Farmington Location 3450 E Main St Farmington, NM 87402 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Satellite Office Cortez Location 22 S Beech St Cortez, CO 81321 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Satellite Office Pagosa Springs Location 190 Talisman Dr Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Diabetic Eye Care

If you have diabetes, you know that effective management is key to preventing numerous potential complications. New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado diabetes patients trust Four Corners Eye Clinic for eye care that supports their unique needs and concerns. We have the diagnostic tools and professional experience to help keep your eyes their healthiest.

How Can Diabetes Affect the Eyes?

Although diabetes begins when the body cannot effectively process sugar, it’s ultimately an illness that can have systemic complications, especially when it goes untreated. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can affect the blood vessels in your eyes, leading to a condition called diabetic retinopathy — damage to the retina that’s directly related to diabetes.

Over time, diabetic retinopathy can worsen, causing permanent damage to the eye and even loss of vision. This occurs when blood vessels on the surface of the retina break and pull the retina away from its normal position. Called retinal detachment, this is a serious condition that requires medical attention.

Diabetic retinopathy typically presents as 1 of the following:

  • Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy: This early stage of the condition often causes only mild or even nonexistent symptoms. This form of retinopathy occurs when blood vessels become weak but have not yet broken or caused scar tissue.
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy: This more advanced version of retinopathy often causes noticeable visual disturbances. It occurs when blood vessels begin to grow abnormally.

Symptoms & Risk Factors

Diabetic retinopathy and other ocular conditions related to diabetes typically occur when diabetes is poorly managed. In order to diagnose these conditions and effectively treat them, our professionals recommend annual eye exams for patients with diabetes. Symptoms that can indicate damage include the following:

  • Visual disturbances that come and go
  • Floaters, spots, or shadows
  • Pain in your eyes
  • Early development of cataracts

People with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes are all at risk for diabetic retinopathy and its complications, including diabetic macular edema.

Personalized Care for Diabetic Patients

Dr. Karyn Teel is Four Corners Eye Clinic’s retina specialist. As a fellowship-trained retina surgeon, she understands the science of treating this very important area of the eye. During your visit with Dr. Teel, she uses our advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate your eyes and help determine the degree of treatment or monitoring you require. Some common methods for evaluating the retina include visual acuity testing, ocular coherence tomography, and retinal photography and angiography.

If you don’t have a primary care physician to help you manage your diabetes, Dr. Teel can refer you to some area physicians who specialize in diabetes care.

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy may range from careful monitoring to laser-assisted surgery. In any case, Dr. Teel guides you through each of your options and ensures you’re well-informed before moving forward with any procedures.

Get started managing your vision today. Request an appointment in our Durango, Colorado, clinic online, or call us at (970) 259-2202 to schedule your visit.

Meet Our Physicians

Karyn Teel, M.D.

Although Dr. Teel offers a variety of eyecare services, she's Four Corners' go-to for diagnosing and treating retinal diseases. She's a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and is especially adept at treating retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal conditions. Dr. Teel also has a passion for serving the medical needs of the larger global community and has worked in Africa and Asia. Outside of the office, she loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband.

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Eric Meyer, M.D.

Board certified in ophthalmology since 2001, Dr. Meyer is an experienced specialist and genuinely enjoys educating and caring for patients. A Minnesota native, Dr. Meyer has trained at clinics in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh before finally settling in Durango in 2001. In his spare time, he's an avid outdoorsman and understands the role that healthy vision plays in the Four Corners lifestyle.

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Joshua Zastrocky, M.D.

A board-certified glaucoma specialist, Dr. Zastrocky has spent much of his professional life researching and mastering treatments for this common condition. After graduating, he trained with leaders in the field at the University of California, Davis, medical center. He's pleased to bring those skills to patients at Four Corners Eye Clinic. Dr. Zastrocky is a Colorado native, and he and his wife are happy to raise their 7 children in his home state.

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John P. Brach, M.D.

Dr. Brach completed medical school with honors and went on to train at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. While Dr. Brach is a well-rounded ophthalmologist, he’s particularly interested in cataract surgery and comprehensive eye care. A native Coloradan, Dr. Brach enjoys the outdoors with his wife, their son and an adopted canine.

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David Bishop, M.D.

As a board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Bishop offers both cosmetic and medical eyecare to the diverse people of the Four Corners region. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he also works as a clinical professor at Denver Health. Dr. Bishop's years of experience make him a seasoned authority on the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.

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