Best Diabetes and Eye care Clinic in Kolkata
Good eyesight helps protect you and allows you to enjoy the beauty in the world. At ADEA Diabetes Center, we’re committed to protecting your eyes for a lifetime.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina — the tissue at the back of the eye that sends images to the brain — become damaged. There are usually no symptoms at this early “nonproliferative” stage. Essentially all people with diabetes will eventually develop some changes in the retina, usually within 20 years of diabetes onset.
In two-thirds of cases, this type of retinopathy progresses to the “proliferative stage,” although research shows that intensive glucose and blood pressure control can delay the onset of disease and slow its progression. In the proliferative stage, the retina forms new vessels in an attempt to circumvent nonfunctioning blood vessels. These new vessels, however, are abnormal, fragile and bleed readily.
If the condition is treated with laser photocoagulation when the abnormal vessels are in their early stages, severe vision loss can be prevented in about 95 percent of cases. The laser scars the retina, causing the vessels to regress, which prevents subsequent bleeding and pulling on the retina. Since the laser destroys some areas of the retina, there may be side effects of treatment — such as reduced side or night vision — but central vision is retained far better than if the patient receives no treatment at all.
Diabetic macular edema, however, is a different story. Diabetes can cause the retinal vessels to leak, leading to swelling of the retina. If this swelling occurs in the small area in the center of the retina called the macula, the condition is called macular edema. Vision can decline because this area of the retina is responsible for central vision. Laser treatment is also used for this condition but is less successful than when used for new vessels. Treatment reduces the chance of vision worsening by only half, and even when successful, is usually not associated with improved vision.
This is why everyone with diabetes should get annual eye checks and keep blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol in good control.
The ADEA Diabetes Centre offers thoughtful and personalized eye care by specially trained and educated Ophthalmologist and staff who are recognized experts in diagnosing and treating the many forms of diabetic eye disease.
Our caring staff includes Ophthalmologist, technicians, medical assistants and image specialists.
MD, DO (RIO, Kolkata), FICO (UK), MRCS (Edinburgh ) Medical Director ADEA Diabetic Eye Care