Endocrine department runs Diabetic Ophthalmology clinic in association with Schell Eye Hospital, CMC Velore . The clinic was started in 2010 to streamline the management of clinical issues associated with problems in Eyes due to Diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that profoundly affects many areas of your body, including your eyes. It increases your risk for eye conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts. The primary concern for eye health in people with diabetes is the development of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that develops when the blood vessels in your retina become damaged. The retina is the light-sensitive portion of the back of your eye. As the damage worsens, you may begin losing your vision. Your eyesight may become blurry, less intense, and begin to disappear. This condition can affect people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you live with diabetes, the more likely you are to develop complications like diabetic retinopathy. This is why adopting lifestyle changes and learning to manage diabetes is so important. In its earliest stages, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms. The initial symptoms may be barely noticeable or mild. Over time, the condition can worsen and lead to partial and then complete blindness.
Common symptoms associated with diabetic retinopathy:
- Floaters, or dots and dark strings, in your field of vision
- Dark or empty areas in your field of vision
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty focusing
- Vision changes that seem to fluctuate
- Altered color vision
- Partial or total vision loss
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