Diabetes is associated with many ocular complications, but diabetic retinopathy is by far the most serious complication of all. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading cause of blindness among adults, ages 20 to 74 years old.
We conduct Diabetic Retinopathy screening routinely at our centre. Thanks to a series of medical advances, ophthalmologists have a lot to offer to patients with diabetic retinopathy. However, the best outcome occurs when sight is still normal. Also, the Sugar level control determines the outcome. Therefore a close coordination with a Diabetologist is essential. The earlier diabetic retinopathy is detected, the more we are able to help our patients.
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the light sensing film in the back of the eye. Through dilated pupils, we can directly visualize abnormal blood vessels, retinal swelling and retinal hemorrhages. In advanced cases, new blood vessels develop and, if left unattended, they will bleed and cause severe loss of vision. If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.
Lasers help in reducing the risk of further vision loss. They are effective if done at the appropriate time. Sometimes an injection of anti VEGF is needed to get better effect of the lasers. We provide the new Anti VEGF injections provided in the strict OT environment at Suprabhat Healthcare and also do Laser treatments to prevent progression of Retinopathy. In advanced cases, surgery may be required by a Retinal Surgeon.