Diabetic Retinopathy / Diabetic Macular Edema

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic Retinopathy, also known as Diabetic Macular Edema, is the most common cause of blindness in working-age adults in the Western World. It is caused by high blood sugars damaging the blood vessels in the retina.

  • Diabetes can affect the entire body, including the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain.
  • Dr. Pandya says, “you can lose your toes to diabetes, and your eyes are no different.”
  • Anyone with diabetes can suffer from blindness, especially if their blood glucose and blood pressure is uncontrolled.
  • Whenever blood flow to the Retina is compromised from diabetes and high blood pressure, the vital tissues of the Retina are subject to damage from a lack of oxygen and nutrients.
  • The lack of oxygen and nutrients to the Retina may lead to formation of new blood vessels that are likely to ‘break open’ and cause bleeding within the Vitreous gel.
  • Effectively, uncontrolled diabetes and associated diabetic retinopathy often leads to blindness.
  • We strongly urge all of our patients to seek a primary care physician to help manage their diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Our goal is to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.

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