Diabetic Retinopathy – Silent Thief of Sight

 

A large number of individuals with diabetes suffer from loss of vision and distorted vision due to the effect of diabetes on the eye. The problem is called diabetic retinopathy. In the initial stages, diabetic retinopathy does not have symptoms and is only detected on routine screening. Later on, it causes distorted vision from swelling in the retina, called macular edema. It also presents as black dots or floaters in vision. This is due to bleeding inside the eye, called vitreous hemorrhage. When there is significant bleeding, it can result in complete loss of vision. Diabetic retinopathy can also cause retinal detachment leading to vision loss. Advanced stages also present with glaucoma, which can be resistant to treatment.
To prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy, regular screening and early treatment are necessary. Control of diabetes also goes a long way in slowing the progress of diabetic retinopathy. In early stages, laser treatment for bleeding and injection treatment for macular edema can prevent vision loss. Later stages of diabetic retinopathy need advanced eye and retina surgery called vitrectomy.
Advanced laser and surgery for treatment of diabetic retinopathy are available at Pink City Eye and Retina Center, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur.  Get regular retina screening and early treatment for your loved ones who have diabetes. Call now- 01414901083.

World Braille Day- Remembering Louis Braille

January 4th is celebrated every year as World Braille Day in memory of Louis Braille (who was born on this day in 1809 in France). Louis became blind after a childhood accident at the age of 10.  Instead of despairing at his tragedy, he created a reading and writing system based on touch. He invented braille. Every day, millions of blind and severely visually handicapped individuals benefit from this system of ‘tactile reading’. The day also acknowledges that those with visual impairment deserve the same standard of human rights as everyone else.

Pink City Eye and Retina Center is proud to be a small part of the global effort to prevent and treat blindness and to help visually impaired individuals achieve their optimum potential in life.

Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema

 

Diabetes affects several organs of the body, like kidneys, heart, nervous system, and most importantly, the eyes. Patients having diabetes are at risk of several eye problems, some of which can cause vision loss. The most serious diabetic eye problem is diabetic retinopathy. This results from damage to the blood vessels of the back part of the eye (called the retina). These small vessels can become leaky and can shut down, too. There can also be growth of abnormal weak blood vessels, which frequently rupture to cause bleeding or hemorrhage inside the eye (called Vitreous Hemorrhage). Leakage from retinal blood vessels in the central part of the retina (called Macula) leads to swelling or macular edema. This can cause decreased vision and distortion in vision. Diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema is done during dilated eye fundus examination, preferably carried out by a trained retina specialist. Retina specialists also perform fluorescein angiography and OCT scanning of the macula in some cases to characterize and document diabetic eye disease. Treatment of diabetic retinopathy early on is simple and can save vision. It is therefore necessary that diabetic patients get regular screening done by a retina specialist (every 6-12 months). Laser treatment, intravitreal injections, and sometimes surgery are required to halt and correct the damage from diabetic retinopathy. With timely treatment, vision can be preserved or improved in a majority of patients.

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Screen use in Kids

Did You Know?
Fact:
American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for acceptable screen time for children are :
No screen time for children under 2 years of age;
1 hour per day for children aged 2 to 12 &
2 hours per day for teens.
Prolonged continuous near work can induce/increase myopia.
Outdoor activities can reduce the progression of spectacle number
Myths:
Blue filters are required for protection while using laptops and mobiles.
Eye exercises can remove glass numbers.
Background TV has no impact on my child’s development.
Vision problems in children CAN GO UNDETECTED for a long time
Get a complete eye check-up every year for your kids.

Have your kids had an eye check up recently?

child with glasses
Child with myopia.

A growing number of kids nowadays have errors of refraction- commonly referred to as ‘glass numbers’. The most common ‘glass numbers’ are minus powers or myopia. Some kids also have cylindrical numbers. Children with spectacles or eyeglasses need regular eye check-ups to ensure that they are wearing the correct number and that their vision is adequately corrected by their glasses.

Prolonged near work, allergies causing kids to repeatedly rub their eyes, and lack of outdoor activities can cause an increase in glass numbers.

A large number of kids are unable to appreciate the lack of clear vision and report the same to their parents. Parents may be unaware of their kid having a glass number until picked up by the school teacher or school screening camps. It is therefore recommended that parents get their children for an eye check-up at least once every year so that these problems can be detected early.