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The Timely Eye Test Can Save A Diabetic`s Eye-Sight



The medical science is advancing so rapidly, the normal specialists never try to follow, unless it is required. We both, my wife and myself, have been suffering from diabetes for a long time. She is insulin dependent, having injections twice a day and where as, I am not.
Rebati Mohan Sinha

For years, we go to specialist for annual eye check up and having known,we are diabetics, the doctor checks up thoroughly and finds no abnormality.

Due to God’s grace, one day, my daughter sent a `e mail `from Australia to meet an Army doctor, one colonel (senior advisor),at Naval hospital, Colaba, Mumbai,who`s the friend of her brother in law(also a colonel).He said that diabetes cant be cured, only controlled; but vision loss that is associated with the disease can be prevented. Diabetic retinopathy or damage to the retina caused by complications from diabetes is fast emerging as a silent health threat, which could eventually lead to permanent blindness, which was not known earlier.

To day, I would like to share with the visitor of this blog. The doctor said that all diabetes patients have to go for eye screening regularly even if they don`t have vision problems and if not treated in time, it can cause vision (eye sight) loss which is irreversible. I was told, as per World Health Organization, Indian will have 60 million people suffering from diabetes by 2010.Studies reveal that diabetes related problems manifest in about 80% of all diabetes who have had the condition for over 10 years. Diabetes retinopathy, if not treated in time, could lead to permanent loss of vision. There is a 90% chance of preventing loss of vision with proper and timely treatment.

Every body knows, I mean, all diabetics know, and that it is a syndrome caused by metabolism problems and abnormally high blood sugar, resulting in insufficient levels of the hormone insulin. The disorder can seriously affect the person’s vision, limbs kidney. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by complications in the blood vessels of the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and necessary for good vision. With diabetic retinopathy in some patients the blood vessels may swell and fluid leakage while, in other instances, new blood may grow on the surface of the retina. These may happen to both diabetes type 1 and type 2 also and it happened to us i.e. we, both had similar problem of diabetic retinopathy where our eyes blood vessels were swelled and fluid leakage, thereby hospital authority recommended for eye angiography, followed by laser surgery. We had no other alternatives but to go for the same in a hospital, where these newly acquired equipments are available. It was quite expensive for us to take such a treatment in an international famed hospital, like Wockhardt in Mumbai

Diabetes is normally inherited and children of diabetic parents have a far greater chance of developing this disease themselves. .

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  1. OOOgod eyes are most important part of our body i mean you can't ignore it... you can't even think about the alternative of it...and diabetics not only affects eyes but many organs also. So you have to go for regular check up...

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  2. What the disease of diabetes mean i know very well because i have seen my father suffering from this disease for 16 years..i have seen my father loose weight drastically after he was diagnosed with it..he suffered from high blood pressure and during his last days he had regular attacks of the heart..but one good thing about this disease is that though it is not curable yet it can be controlled by controlling ones diet and regular medical check up and medication..this disease should be taken seriously because if not taken care of it can be fatal.

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