Diabetic retinal screening can prevent retinopathy - Dark and empty areas in your vision
Posted: Nov 19, 2014
Diabetes is a serious disorder that cannot be cured, it can only be controlled. Retinopathy caused by diabetes is one the leading causes of new cases of preventable blindness. This affects the small blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that acts like a film in a camera. It can get dangerous as it progresses with time because it does not show any symptoms until it is quite advanced and is close to making a person blind. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of getting diabetic retinopathy and it affects both eyes. It is recommended that anybody who is above the age of 12 should screen for any signs of diabetic retinopathy.
It is very uncommon to have symptoms in the early stages, however, as the condition progresses symptoms may include:
- Sudden vision loss
- Blurred vision
- Spots in your vision
- Retinal swelling
- Leaking blood vessels
- Fluctuating vision
- Dark and empty areas in your vision
The procedure involves injecting a special dye known as fluorescence into the vein of the arms; this vein travels to the blood vessels inside your eye within a few seconds or eye drops will be given to enlarge your pupils. The eye drops can cause your eyes to sting slightly and after a few minutes you will experience from blurred vision. This can last anywhere between two to six hours. After this an optician will take a picture of your retina after about 20 minutes. There will be a flash of light every time pictures are taken and it won’t be uncomfortable as the camera will not touch your eyes. These eye drops can increase pressure within your eye and you should note that this happens mostly to people who have a higher risk of developing retinopathy.
It is best diagnosed with diabetic retinal screening; the aim of this screening is to ensure that all patients suffering from diabetes are screened once every year for early detection of the eye disease. This is done by the flourescein angiography procedure; this test is very valuable and provides information about everything revolving around the circulatory system and the condition about the back of the eye. It is undertaken by medical professional photographers and is the most useful to detect and determine the appropriate treatment for patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy.
Your diabetic retinal screening will determine the type of retinopathy that you are suffering from. But if you are suffering from non proliferative retinopathy treatment is not required right away. Controlling your blood sugar can usually slow the progress of this condition. However, in the advanced stages of this
Condition, there are different types of treatment like focal laser treatment, vitrectomy and scatter laser treatment. These surgeries are quite helpful and often slow down or completely stop the progression of diabetic retinopathy. But this cannot be considered as a cure as diabetes itself is a lifelong condition which cannot be cured. Even after these treatments or surgeries you will still need eye check ups on a regular basis. You can still prevent and control eye problems by keeping a check on your blood glucose and blood pressure with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Eye examination on a regular basis once every year can help keep a check on your vision and is also one of the preventive measures.
At our clinic we recognize the patients with special needs and provide them with high quality diabetic retinal screening. We have a team of expert opticians who have had years of experience and are trained in the screening program. We make sure that our patients are comfortable and safe during the entire process of screening.
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