Almost 1 in every 3 people with diabetes will have some type of diabetic retinopathy in their lifetime. Not every type of Diabetic Retinopathy will be threatening to vision.
Yes. Depending on the severity of the illness, there are different stages of this disease which can progress all the way to macular oedema. Macular oedema can lead to blurry or fuzzy vision that is caused by a build-up in fluid in the eye. If left untreated, it can result in blindness.
Most patients get screened once each year; follow-ups may be required.
Diabetic Retinopathy almost always has no symptoms until it permanently damages your vision. Detection and treatment before the appearance of symptoms can be beneficial in preventing permanent vision damage.
Yes, many patients that have had Type 1 Diabetes for several years have been diagnosed despite maintaining good control of their blood sugar levels. Inflammation and other blood vessel related problems can often be associated with the onset of Diabetic Retinopathy.
Yes! However, if your screening was done using dilating drops, your vision may be blurry and you could be sensitive to light for a few hours. We would recommend having someone to drive you to and from the clinic.
Dr. Kim will work with you to make sure your blood glucose levels and blood pressure are under control. If your case is more severe, Dr. Kim might make further recommendations based on need.