| Some effects
of diabetes are hard to see. Untill it's too
Visual Impairment can be a
long-term complication of diabetes.
Diabetic Retinopathy covers all retinovascular
effects of diabetes, with some retinal changes
even leading to blindness. Its incidence is higher
in those with a diabetic history of over 15 years.
Both eyes can get affected, with equal severity.
The intensity, of course, can vary from a mild
form of retinopathy through different stages to
diabetic maculopathy which can be responsible
for up 90% of visual loss in such cases. May lead
to retinal traction distortion or even detachment.
Standard test of vision.
Early identification is important to stop or slow
down progress. Include diabetic control, drugs
and various procedures. Surgery in advanced cases.
Photocoagulation treatment is the only clinically
proven and successful mode of therapy.
A combined physician-opthalmologist clinic provides
the opportunity for the patient to discuss the
visual problems. It also helps doctors to plan
the management jointly. Diabetes control can minimize
the severity, so patients should know the treatment
options and risks involved in not adhering to
the treatment regimen. For details, consult your