Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which people with diabetes develop changes inside the eye. It is a leading cause of blindness in the UK.
In diabetes, there is a change in the regulation of glucose control. This affects lots of organs in the body, including the eye.
In the eye, the changes include:
Diabetic retinopathy can threaten vision, even before symptoms are present.
There are 2 types of diabetic retinopathy, Non Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR).
NPDR, represents the early stages of disease, is quite common in all patients with diabetes and may progress to PDR.
PDR is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels within the retina.
This is associated with haemorrhages, retinal detachment and sight loss.
The macula is an area within the retina that we use to for central vision, discerning fine detail and reading.
In many ways, this tiny area is responsible for allowing us to conduct complex visual tasks and function effectively as a person.
In Macular Oedema, the blood vessels either close down and / or leak fluid into the macula.
This can cause sight loss.
The prevalence of diabetes in the UK population is increasing with at least 5% of the UK population diagnosed with diabetes. Roughly 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition.
Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy occurs in between 10-23% of people with Type 1 and 3% of people with Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic macular oedema occurs in between 11 to 45% of patients with diabetes, depending on global location.
Sight loss due to macular oedema and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy is preventable.
At Olelo, we offer a regular screening program to detect and monitor early change with state of the art diagnostic equipment.
At Olelo, we work with a team of physicians and practitioners to ensure that you have the best possible ‘ joined up care’ for your diabetes.
Our team included GPs, Diabetologists and lipid specialists, Podiatrists and Nutritionists.
Optimisation of blood glucose, blood pressure and weight
We recommend treatments that help optimise risk factors for the progression of diabetic retinopathy and will work with your GP or our team of physicians and nutritionists to optimise your health.
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At Oleleo, we are experts in delivering tailored care for diabetic complications and provide a variety of ocular treatments including
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Eylea, Lucentis, Avastin
Laser therapy to the peripheral retina or if needed, to the macula.
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