Early detection is the key to preventing blindness caused by Diabetic Retinopathy: Dr Laul

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Nashik: Eye-Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital yesterday organised a session to promote public awareness about Diabetic Retinopathy – a complication that affects the vision of a person. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light sensitive tissue of the retina. Blindness is caused when retinal blood vessels of a diabetic deform and dislocate the retina in the eye. Youth and kids are also susceptible to what is known as proliferative diabetic Retinopathy (PDR), a more advanced form of the disease in which conditions deteriorate quickly and lead to vision loss.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rohit Laul, MBBS and MS  Ophthalmology, Eye-Q Super Speciality Hospitals said, “Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the biggest causes of preventable blindness in adults. Mostly, Type 1 and type 2 diabetes lead to Diabetic Retinopathy, accounting two-third of all cases. While the loss of vision due to Diabetic Retinopathy may be irreversible, early detection and treatment can reduce the incidences of blindness by upto 95%.”

In India, Diabetic Retinopathy ranks 6th among the leading causes of blindness. As per AIIMS report, at least 15 lakh diabetic Retinopathy surgeries are being conducted in India every year. WHO has estimated that by 2030 India will be home to 79.4 million diabetic population, the highest in the world. Amidst this alarming situation, a diligent effort to create awareness and to pursue all preventive measures is the need of the hour.

“Modern healthcare employs a variety of tests to detect very early symptoms or even predict the likely chance of manifestation of a disease. Also there are several therapies developed which offer effective protection and treatment against diseases such as blood sugar.

The key here is preventive care, such as getting test done to ascertain susceptibility to a particular diseases, in this case Diabetic Retinopathy and leveraging the advances made in treatment methods to ward off the disease before it develops into a major health scare,” Dr Laul advised.

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