Today’s post is about one of my own observations from over 15 years in practice. Information obtained includes patient’s bio data, type and duration of disease, and findings on eye examination. According to the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Strategic Framework Vision 2020: The Right to Sight report for the Caribbean Region, diabetic eye disease is rampant. Each year in the United States, as many as 40,000 new cases of blindness occur among persons with diabetes (CDC, unpublished data, 1993). In this new study, a UK research team, in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, the drug’s manufacturer, find that the drug inhibits an enzyme which is increased in people with diabetes and causes blood vessel leakage in the eye which leads to swelling of the retina and severe vision loss. This happens because the loss of blood flow in a vessel causes the local oxygen level to drop, which stimulates local production of vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, a protein which in most tissues causes the growth of new blood vessels to repair damage. This change improved the patient experience.
Compared with the previous decade, the prevalence of blindness attributable to diabetes has decreased in the population with diabetes, with a trend towards a decrease in its incidence. That is diabetic retinopathy in simple terms. Kelly-Goss, H. Diabetic retinopathy was present in 37 (27.8 %) diabetic patients of which 5 (3.8 %) were proliferative. Sadly, what many people don’t know is the fact that blood sugar affects the eyes very badly in the long run. In the next few months, Colette, who lives with her mum Lynn and dad John, will have to decide whether to accept a donor kidney to prolong her life or stay on dialysis, which will only work in the short-term. It is inevitable that your eyes will get affected.
This is why diabetes needs to be monitored closely because it can cause blindness. Today, almost four million are blind because of diabetes, which is terrible because it is avoidable,” he explains. In an early NIH trial, timely treatment with laser therapy and appropriate follow-up care was established as an effective regimen to prevent vision loss. Second, laser therapy causes regression (shrinkage) of the abnormal blood vessels found in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 1995. Systematic screening for diabetic eye disease in insulin dependent diabetes. Attending a local chapter is the best way to get started.
Screening and awareness programs will run till September 13 where diabetic pilgrims visiting Lalbaugcha Raja will be tested for changes in the eyes free of cost. Their vision will be checked and retina assessed using digital cameras. Each patient will receive a report of their results. Hundreds of medical experts are expected to be a part of this project, which hopes to create a world record for the largest number of people screened for eyebetes in a single location. “We are hoping that devotees who come to the pandal, go back and tell their family and friends about eyebetes. A limitation of this study was that the model did not include the incidental benefits of detecting and treating cataract, glaucoma, and macular edema.