Vitreo Retina

Diabetic Retinopathy

 The curse of diabetic retinopathy; there are often no symptoms until it is in an irreversible phase.  The early cases are much more easily treated, but the symptoms that cause most people to go to the doctor aren’t present yet. Almost every diabetic, whether type one or two, will have some case of it in their lifetime..I have been recently diagnosed with diabetes.. Should I get my eyes checked? Since diabetes is mainly an asymptomatic condition one is not aware for how long he/she had diabetes before diagnosis. So its best to get your eyes checked once you are diagnosed. I have mild diabetes.. Will I suffer from diabetic retinopathy? When blood sugar levels are well-controlled, diabetes is considered managed, and virtually all complications associated with it are less frequent.  

And while that’s true to a degree even with diabetic retinopathy, it is one of the complications almost all diabetics get.The risk of developing diabetic retinopathy is  25% after 5 years of diabetes so its inevitable that you get your eyes checked.

What symptoms should I look for?

Diabetic retinopathy is mostly asymptomatic. One may experience frequent need to change glasses, floaters, distorted vision.

What are the treatments available?

There are various grades of changes that can be seen in diabetic retinopathy. Depending on the severity you may be advised

Laser treatment

Intravitreal Injections

Vitreoretinal surgery