What is a Ophthalmologists
An ophthalmologist is a doctor of medicine who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the eye, in addition to diagnosing systemic disease that manifest in eye signs or symptoms. Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are considered to be both surgical and medical specialists.
Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the risks to vision if diabetic retinopathy is not treated and well controlled.
The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy
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.
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