The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the risks to vision if diabetic retinopathy is not treated and well controlled.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the risks to vision if diabetic retinopathy is not treated and well controlled.
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Featuring Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

The risks of not treating your eyes and not controlling the diabetic retinopathy are many. You can have blurring of vision, you can have loss of vision—some of which is recoverable once you start treatment.

But you can also have permanent loss of side vision or centre vision in a way that can’t be recovered. If ignored long enough the doctor can help you but maybe not enough.

You can also have bleeding inside the eye that will completely blot out your vision. It can be extremely sudden, so that you wake up one morning and you say “I can’t see out of my eye.” It can also cause tearing above the retina with growth blood vessels that maybe can be fixed by surgery and may be not even fixable despite good surgery.

For more information on the risks of untreated diabetic retinopathy, talk to your eye doctor.

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

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

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Quiz: Do You Understand The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy?

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1

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy.

Explanation:

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: early diabetic retinopathy and advanced diabetic retinopathy.

2

Diabetic retinopathy usually affects one eye.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes, and anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

3

Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by poor blood control management.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by poor blood control management. Excess sugar in your blood can lead to a blockage of the blood vessels leading to the retina, cutting off the blood supply.

4

Effectively managing your serum cholesterol levels can help prevent diabetic retinopathy.

Explanation:

If you can manage your blood sugars and A1C levels, keep your blood pressure low and controlled and manage your serum cholesterol levels, your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy will be significantly reduced

5

Steroid injections are not a treatment for diabetic retinopathy.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy treatment includes anti-VEGF medication, steroid injections, vitrectomy to remove vitreous gel and blood from leaking vessels or laser surgery to seal off leaking blood vessels.

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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