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Diabetic Retinopathy

What Is Retinopathy?
The retina is located in the back of the eye where it receives images much like those projected onto a movie screen. For someone to see those images clearly, the retina must be healthy and capable of capturing the details of the image being viewed.
Retinopathy causes small leaks in the blood vessels of  the retina that can eventually create blurred vision. As the disease progresses, eyesight becomes poorer as portions of the retina shut down.
Can Retinopathy be caused by diabetes?
Yes, Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. The specific cause of retinopathy seems to have a strong link with sustained high blood-glucose levels.
Do the elderly need to have their eyes checked regularly?
Yes, a regular check up of the eyes and the diabetic status is very important for the elderly.
If there are no symptoms like pain does it mean the eyes are fine?
Diabetic retinopathy can progress, even to a severe stage, without noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately many people who know they have diabetes do not understand how their eyes may be affected. The most common mistake among diabetics is to assume their eyes are fine because they experience no noticeable problems or pain.
Do people with diabetic retinopathy have to have their heart condition checked?
Yes, people with retinopathy must also be checked for cardiovascular disease because studies show an association of diabetic retinopathy with heart disease.
Is there a treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy?
Yes, early detection and treatment of retinopathy can slow or correct the potential problems in the vast majority of cases. Because symptoms are often missing, the best detection is a professional eye exam.Yearly eye examinations for all people with diabetes is essential.
Recent advances in laser surgery have greatly improved the prognosis for those with retinopathy. Laser surgery is so precise that leaks in blood vessels can be stopped or diseased tissue on the retina destroyed. The procedure is usually painless and without complications.
Laser surgery cannot restore vision that has already been lost. For this reason, detecting and treating diabetic retinopathy early is the best way to prevent vision loss.
Can Diabetic Retinopathy cause blindness?
Yes, undetected and untreated retinopathy can cause blindness, and this is very sad, because 90% of such blindness is preventable.
See Also: DiabetesEyes




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