In this episode of Nayonika Abhignanam with RJ Padma Priya, Dr Surekha speaks about Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetic Retinopathy, as the name states, is a condition noticed primarily among people with diabetes. If neglected, the chances of complete loss of vision are high. “People with diabetes should be extremely careful about maintaining the right diet. The ideal sugar level should be 120 before consuming food and 150 after,” Dr Surekha says. Diabetic Retinopathy is noticeable as small blood clots in the eye which ultimately open up and bring on blindness. The sugar level, thus, needs to be stable and a visit to an eye doctor once every six months is imperative; patients should specifically ask their doctor to check for Diabetic Retinopathy. Disciplined eye and sugar-level check-ups are very important also because the eyes may suffer damage because of prolonged consumption of diabetes medication.
Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy is through laser treatment during which the blood clots are removed; this can take three to four sittings. “With this procedure, the vision can’t be improved, but it can be retained at the same level seen during treatment.” If the clots are high in number, the treatment may demand injections.