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Diabetes – damage to the retina of the eye

Diabetes mellitus, also called diabetes, has many effects on the body – including your eyes. Diabetes can damage the retina in the eye. Often, the changes are not noticed initially, but this can lead to slight visual problems or even blindness in the course of the process.

We would like to show how damage to the eye caused by diabetes can be recognized early, which treatments help and which consequences can occur.

What causes diabetes on the eye

The retina is often affected by diabetes. So-called diabetic retinopathy (diabetic changes in the retina) is one of the possible consequences of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the retina of the eye that permanently damages the retinal blood vessels by changing and even destroying the walls of the vessel.

Basically, there are two different types of diabetic retina impairment:

  • Diabetic maculopathy: With a diabetic maculopathy, the macula is affected – the place where the sense cells for color vision are located. If blood vessels near the macula are damaged, macular edema develops, fluid that deposits on the retina. This retinal swelling affects the visual function. In more harmless cases, patients can only see distorted. Severe cases can lead to permanent loss of vision.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina in the eye due to high blood sugar levels and one of the most common causes of blindness in people between 20 and 65 years. A high blood sugar level damages the small blood vessels, the capillaries, in the retina, so that photoreceptors receive too little oxygen. This creates new, unstable blood vessels. People with diabetic retinopathy are seeing worse and worse. In severe cases, the retinal changes described can lead to retinal detachment and eventually blindness if left untreated. Dry eyes can also be associated with diabetes, which means a reduction in the quality of life for those affected.

EuroEyes: laser treatment

The type of treatment on the eye depends on the stage of the disease. If there is only slight damage, treatment is not absolutely necessary. Once the damage has progressed, the patient can be treated with a laser . It is also important to have diabetes tested regularly and that diabetics should go to the ophthalmologist at least once a year. Optimal laser treatment can optimally stop or at least significantly slow down diabetic retinopathy.

Since April 1, 2020, the EuroEyes clinics in Shanghai and Beijing have been offering this service for patients: the screening of diabetic retinopathy . Equipped with the latest OCT technology and Zeiss OCTA devices, EuroEyes counters the increasing number of Chinese with retinal diseases.

Laser eye treatment causes targeted scars on the retina (laser coagulation) and no new messenger substances can be produced there. Laser eye treatment, available in two EuroEyes clinics from April 1, can prevent imminent blindness.

About EuroEyes

The EuroEyes Clinic Group is a globally successful company that was founded 26 years ago in Hamburg and has its headquarters there until today. In addition to locations throughout Germany, EuroEyes is also represented in China and Denmark. The company offers patients the full range of refractive surgery for the correction of visual disorders. Using state-of-the-art eye laser and lens surgery procedures, EuroEyes treats more than 25,000 patients each year with nearsightednessfarsightednessastigmatismpresbyopia or cataract. The treatment enables the start of a life free of glasses and contact lenses without any impairment of visual quality.

Are you also interested in laser eye treatment at EuroEyes or would you like to find out more about us? Then please contact our service or fill out our contact form. We look forward to you!

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