According to World Health Organization, over 346 million people around the globe are suffering from diabetes, and more than three million of them are Filipinos.
Diabetes is a lifelong disease that poses danger not only to your kidneys, heart and nerves, but to your vision as well. In fact, diabetes can cause eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy, where the blood vessels become blocked and leak blood and clear fluid into the retina. The leakage leads to serious vision problems, such as macular edema, retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts and, if left untreated, total blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy may go unnoticed at its onset. As the condition progresses, sufferers may start seeing spots or dark strings floating, have fluctuating, distorted and blurred central vision, and experience difficulty in seeing colors.
At Asian Eye Institute, there are various treatments available to slow down its progression. Laser surgery may be performed to seal the abnormal blood vessels that have leaked fluid into the retina. In severe cases, vitrectomy may be done to remove the blood from the inner eye and scarred tissue; the vitreous fluid inside the eye is then removed and replaced How diabetes affects your eyes with saline solution, gas or silicone oil.
Controlling your blood sugar level and keeping your blood pressure in check may help prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy. However, it is best to monitor your eye health or the progression of your eye condition. Make it a point to have annual comprehensive checkups. Asian Eye has doctors who are experts in comprehensive ophthalmology as well as retina and vitreous diseases and can diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy.
Visit Asian Eye for a comprehensive eye exam. It is located at Phinma Plaza, Rockwell Center, with satellites in Trinoma and SM Mall of Asia. To book a schedule or for inquiries, call 898-2020 or email eyehelp@ asianeyeinstitute.com.