There are many side effects and complications that can emanate from Diabetes Mellitus. One of the complications hits the eyes and is known as Diabetic Retinopathy. The symptoms may be pretty mild and can go on to cause complete vision impairment in the long run. Spots and the appearance of dark threads are some of the most common symptoms.
HOW IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologists conduct a dilated eye examination for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy. He or she will look for abnormal blood vessels, growth of scar tissue, swelling or deposits in the retina and retinal detachment. Fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography are other diagnostic methods for diabetic retinopathy.
HOW IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY TREATED?
The main treatments for more advanced diabetic retinopathy are:
• laser treatment
• injections of medication into the eyes
• an operation to remove blood or scar tissue from the eyes
DID YOU KNOW?
Careful management of diabetes is the only way to prevent diabetic retinopathy