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TREATMENT OF Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a disease that leads to blurry, distorted vision and blindness. It occurs when diabetes weakens blood vessels inside your eye. These weak vessels leak fluid into an area of the eye called the retina. New, distorted vessels may grow, then bleed. These vessels can damage areas of the retina, causing vision loss. In addition to diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy is also correlated to obesity. One of the biggest risks with this condition is that you could have diabetic retinopathy without knowing it as there is no pain or clear outward signs. However, if left untreated, this condition could cause permanent damage to the eyes and is one of the common causes of blindness in the U.S. other than Cataracts. Common symptoms include eye pain, floaters and spots, shadow in your vision, blurry or distorted or double vision. Regular eye exams to establish a baseline and monitor the condition is highly recommended. Dr. Priya’s advanced testing protocols can detect these conditions early, followed by referrals to some of the best ophthalmologists in the area, specializing in the treatment of this condition.

What are the types of treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy?

It is best to wear sunglasses that have protection from UV A and UV B rays all year round and from an early age. Polarized and photochromic lenses are great for reducing glare. Lens tints in any color should block about 80% of the light that is being transmitted through the lens. Frames that cover large areas can be helpful in protecting you from skin cancers on the lids, pterygiums, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and photokeratitis(corneal sunburn). Wide brimmed hats in combination with the sunglasses are also helpful.

I have high blood pressure. Should I be concerned?

Similar to Diabetic Retinopathy, Hypertensive Retinopathy damages the retina due to high blood pressure. Though it presents no obvious symptoms, sometimes patients experience reduced vision and headaches. Individuals with a high sodium diet, obesity, or high stress levels are at risk of Hypertensive Retinopathy.