Diabetic Retinopathy and Regular Eye Exams

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about how important getting regular eye exams is if you have diabetes.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about how important getting regular eye exams is if you have diabetes.
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Featuring Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Regular eye exams are, for a diabetic, a very necessary thing. Because diabetes can cause a lot of damage to the eyes, and it will not be perceived by the patient themselves. The person who has diabetes may have 20/20 vision, feel healthy, their eyes work well, they can see in the dark, they can drive easily, watch TV, but they don’t realize that they have ongoing vision problems that are starting. And the only way to find them out is by going to your eye doctor.

You need at least a regular eye exam once a year, more often if there’s some damage in the back of the eye. The exam can consist of photography of the back of the eye, or scans with optical coherence tomography.

The photography allows connection between what was done last year and the year before to see if there was any progression of disease, see how fast it’s progressing. The OCT, the optical coherence tomography, which is also a non-invasive test, can allow measuring if there’s swelling in the back of the eye that is very hard to see in either photograph or by examination.

With these tools, your doctor can monitor your eyes, in addition to of course eye exams, and help you try to prevent problems before they become serious.

If you want more information on this, the best place is: see your eye doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Amit Gupta, Ophthalmologist, Scarborough, ON

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

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Diabetic Retinopathy and Regular Eye Exams?

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You need at least a regular eye exam once a year, more often if there’s some damage in the back of the eye.

Explanation:

You need at least a regular eye exam once a year, more often if there’s some damage in the back of the eye. The exam can consist of photography of the back of the eye, or scans with optical coherence tomography.

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You can have 20/20 vision and still have serious eye damage from diabetes.

Explanation:

Some patients with diabetic retinopathy have perfect vision and no symptoms. That's why regular eye exams are essential.

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The OCT is a non-invasive test that can measure bleeding in the back of the eye.

Explanation:

The OCT, the optical coherence tomography, is a non-invasive test that measures if there’s swelling in the back of the eye.

4

As diabetic retinopathy progresses, symptoms can include blurred vision and vision loss.

Explanation:

As diabetic retinopathy progresses, symptoms can include blurred vision, vision loss, floaters in your vision and dark spots in your vision.

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Diabetic retinopathy is caused by swelling of the macula in the eye.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the small blood vessels located in the retina. The damaged blood vessels can lead to vision problems and vision loss.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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