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"How To Slow Or Avoid Diabetic Retinopathy" - Allison Tsai

  • Diabetes Forecast
  • New York, NY
  • (July 01, 2017)

Maybe you’ve noticed that street signs look blurry at night or maybe tiny dark spots have appeared in your vision. These are among the signs of retinopathy, a common eye complication of diabetes. ”Diabetic retinopathy is brought on by chronically elevated blood glucose levels that, over time, damage blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye and cause blurred or cloudy vision or, eventually, complete loss of vision,” said Richard Rosen, MD, director of retina services at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Most ophthalmologists screen for retinopathy by taking a picture of the retina to see if any blood spots are visible. “This new technology allows your doctor to see into the retina to examine blood flow, swelling, and whether your eye is losing blood vessels,” explains Dr. Rosen. “We can tell if the person is losing capillaries—and how fast.”

- Richard B. Rosen, MD, Professor, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Surgeon-Director, Retina Service Chief, Director of Ophthalmology Research, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai