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Vision - Ophthalmology
by Dr. Michael Fischer, M.D.
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Shining Light on Diabetic Eyes

Michael Fischer, M.D.
Michael Fischer, M.D.

Retinopathy is a longterm complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness.

Macular edema, caused by fluid leakage, involves swelling of the central portion of the retina and poses a further threat to vision. Over time, retinopathy can progress to proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which entails the abnormal growth of blood vessels on the optic nerve.

While injections of corticosteroid can be useful in reducing th risk of progression of diabetic retinopathy, new research shows that steroid treatment does not prevent the progression of macular edema or improve the vision of patients with diabetic retinopathy any better than laser photocoagulation. Thus, because using steroids in the eye has been linked with glaucoma and cataracts, lasers are the treatment of choice.

It should be noted that about 700,000 people in the United States have proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

 

If you experience any difficulties with your vision, see your doctor or call us at 775-882- 2988. We are conveniently located at 3839 N. Carson Street. Hours are 8-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, by appointment. M/C, Visa, Medicare Assignment accepted.