Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Be careful about Diabetic Retinopathy

    The growing statistics of people affected with diabetes is quite alarming these days. About one in every 5 of our elder population is has diabetes in some degree of intensity. The fact that diabetes has an increasing influence of eyesight and other eye related issues increases the gravity of the situation. 
    Studies show that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of contracting eye and vision problems that could eventually lead to blindness. With world class treatment and facilities, when it comes to the realms of eye care, Amrit Hospital offers one of the best diabetes and retina services in the world.
    Now, let us have a look into the various effects of diabetes on our retina and the conditions caused thereof. 
    Retina is the innermost layer in our eye that is responsible for receiving the light signals and transmitting it to the brain through optic nerves. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of the condition called diabetic retinopathy. They occur in two stages namely proliferative and non proliferative.

    Diabetic retinopathy does not usually manifest any symptoms in the early stages. However, with progress in time fluctuating, blurry and double visions might be encountered. Eye pain, cataracts and decrease in range of vision are some other symptoms of the condition
    Managing diabetic retinopathy
    • Diabetic retinopathy can be managed with the help of lasers as in photocoagulation and Anti-VEGF injection in some rare cases.
    •  Photocoagulation aims at protecting the central vision by direction laser beams to seal the leaking blood vessels in the retina. This laser treatment can be completed in about 3 sittings and helps in preventing further deterioration of vision. It does not help in restoring the lost vision, hence increasing the importance of an early detection of diabetic retinopathy.
    • Anti-VEGF agents are an evolving treatment methodology and involve intravitreal injection. They are mainly used in treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The earlier the diagnosis and initiation of treatment, better is the result. Hence it is advisable to get your eyes checked up in every 6 months, once diagnosed with diabetes.
    Amrit Hospital is one of the best eye care centres in Chennai, offering the latest technologies in the field.

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