Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially serious eye condition that affects the retina and can cause blindness in diabetes sufferers. If caught early, diabetic retinopathy can be managed successfully and its effects minimized. During our thorough eye exams at the Khanna Institute of LASIK, we screen every patient for signs of diabetic retinopathy and encourage annual eye exams.
What is the role of an eye MD in detection or management of Diabetic Retinopathy?
Eyes are the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of blood vessels. The sugar fluctuation affects the cells supporting the blood vessels. These can start leaking. A discerning ophthalmologist can see exudates and hemorrhages. Exudates are proteins which have leaked out. Haemorrhage (not hemorrhoid) refers to blood. Sometimes the nerve cells can be damaged. this is seen a soft whit fluffy exudate.
Detecting diabetic retinopathy early can actually save your vision!
If diabetic retinopathy is detected in its advanced stages, a technique called photocoagulation, or a vitrectomy, may help treat retinopathy in some individuals.
“My vision is better than I could have ever imagined. This is something anyone who has had problems with vision has to experience for themselves.”*
– Ammie Duer (Lasik Eye Patient)
Are you doing all you can to keep your eyes healthy? Let the diabetic retinopathy specialists at Khanna Institute of Vision in Los Angeles screen your eyes today.
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by Rajesh Khanna, MD