Diabetic Retinopathy Complete flight of videos & audio FAQ

Section One

What You Need To Know Diabetic Retinopathy

VIDEO: Diagnosing Diabetic Retinopathy - How It's Done

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
What causes bleeding inside the eye.
Can diabetes affect my eyes?
Can Diabetic Retinopathy damage your eyes?





Lesson Two

Video: The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
What do you mean there is bleeding in my eye?
Diabetic Retinopathy - Can it cause blindness?
Can Diabetic Retinopathy damage your eyes?





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Lesson Three

Video: Management & Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
I've been getting treatment for a long time, why is my vision not improving?
Are injections the only treatment option available?





Lesson Four

Video: What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy & Who Can Get It

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
What causes bleeding inside the eye.
What do you mean there is bleeding in my eye?
Can diabetic eye disease cause blindness?
Can diabetic eye disease cause blindness?






Lesson Five

Video : What to Expect Before & After Treatment

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
If I get treatment will I get my vision back?
I've been getting treatment for a long time, why is my vision not improving?
Can Diabetic Retinopathy damage your eyes?





Importance Of Regular Eye Exams

Video Diabetes And The Importance Of Regular Eye Exams

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

FAQ - Audio Presenter

Dr. Amit Gupta

Dr. Amit Gupta

MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist
Scarborough, ON
Can diabetes affect my eyes?
Diabetic Retinopathy - Can it cause blindness?
What do you mean there is bleeding in my eye?
What causes bleeding inside the eye.






ADDIOTIONAL EDUCATION

Information – Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (also called diabetic eye disease) is a diabetes-related complication. It damages the blood vessels of the tissue at the back of the retina. There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: early diabetic retinopathy and advanced diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis & Symptoms

Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes, and anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can be difficult to diagnose, as it may cause no symptoms or very mild vision problems. It’s important to see your ophthalmologist for an eye examination. Supplementary testing might be necessary, which can include a fluorescein angiogram, where dye is injected into your arm and photos are taken of the eye. There is a laser photograph test that can be done to look at the thickness of the retina if your opthalmologist is worried about leakage of fluid into your central vision area.

Diabetic retinopathy symptoms include:

• Blurry vision
• Vision loss
• Floaters
• Difficulty seeing colours
• Dark spots in your vision

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. While the eye tries to compensate by growing new blood vessels, they don’t properly develop and may begin to leak.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

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. The treatment of diabetic retinopathy is based on what type of retinopathy you have. 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. Patients will also see an ophthalmologist for follow-up monitoring.

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  • There are two types of diabetic retinopathy: early diabetic retinopathy and advanced diabetic retinopathy.
  • Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes, and anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.
  • Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by poor blood control management.
  • 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
  • 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.