Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, or diabetic eye disease, refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

Who Is at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy?

  • All people with diabetes–both type 1 and type 2–are at risk.
  • Pregnant women with diabetes have a high risk

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy, or diabetic eye disease, refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

Who Is at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy?

  • All people with diabetes–both type 1 and type 2–are at risk.
  • Pregnant women with diabetes have a high risk

Diabetic Retinopathy Fast Facts

It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans age 18 and older are affected by diabetic retinopathy. Approximately 74 percent of people who have diabetes for 10 years or more will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years) in industrialized countries.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Options

During the first three stages of diabetic retinopathy, no treatment is needed, unless you have macular edema. To prevent progression of diabetic retinopathy, people with diabetes should control their levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol.

Proliferative retinopathy is treated with laser surgery. This procedure is called scatter laser treatment. Scatter laser treatment helps to shrink the abnormal blood vessels and works better before the fragile, new blood vessels have started to bleed. Scatter laser treatment may slightly reduce your color vision and night vision.

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2021-09-21
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2021-07-18
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2021-07-06
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2021-05-09
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2021-04-28
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2021-03-24
Dr Patel saved my vision. I cannot thank him enough! The first week of January I suffered a pretty horrific eye injury playing Dek Hockey. I was struck directly in my left eye by a hard plastic ball traveling at 30-40mph. I was immediately blind in my left eye as it filled with blood. I went to the ER at ORMC and Dr Patel was called when it was determined by CT scan that I had a 5mm tear on my eyeball on the back side. He arrived to the hospital very quickly after they called him. He took me to surgery and repaired my torn eyeball. Discharged me at 330am and saw me back at his office for a follow up 7hrs later. He referred me to a retina specialist for further evaluation. I’m happy to say that not only has my vision returned as of yesterday I’m 20/25 in an eye that I was blind in not too long ago. He’s amazing. Thank you Dr Patel for being there 24/7 for those in need of your services!!

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At Lake Nona Ophthalmology, Dr. Patel and his team provide compassionate, excellent care and treatment for patients throughout Central Florida.

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