Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Diabetes Disaster: Vision Loss

 A case study:

This a case about a patient who had not had an eye exam in five years, hadn’t seen any doctor in three years, and had discontinued taking prescribed diabetes medications. Examination and tests revealed large vitreous hemorrhages in each eye and fibrovascular scar tissue consistent with a diagnosis of severe proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a condition the severity of which had taken some time to develop. The patient required surgical intervention by a retinal specialist, but the prognosis for restoring vision is poor. Perhaps most tragically, this very nice patient is merely in the third decade of life.

Many serious eye conditions cause few or no symptoms until significant damage and permanent vision loss have occurred: this is especially true for eye disorders commonly caused by diabetes. 

Lesson Learned:
This is a disaster that could have been avoided. Please schedule an eye examination at least annually, or as often as your eye doctor recommends.

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