As November is diabetic retinopathy month, I want to continue sharing information about the condition. Let me repeat that diabetic retinopathy is the number 1 cause of new cases of blindness for adults 20-70 years old. The increasing number of people with diabetes means the number of people who will develop diabetic retinopathy will also increase. This is significant because severe vision loss can be prevented 90% of the time.
It is my job as an optometrist to identify and detect diabetic retinopathy. When I see diabetic retinopathy in a patient I have to decide when to refer for further evaluation and/or treatment
PREVENTING VISION LOSS
Have a dilated eye examination every year if you are diabetic.
If you notice changes in your vision or it seems blurry, call your eye doctor immediately.
If I think treatment is indicated, I will refer you to a retinologist. A retinologist is an ophthalmologist, who treats conditions of the vitreous and retina, both effected by diabetic retinopathy. He or she will chose the best treatment option.
Researchers are looking for therapies with long-term results and minimal side effects.
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