Dr. Zoran Aleksic and his associates treats Diabetic Retinopathy and performs Vitreoretinal surgery in Cape Town, South Africa. What is Vitroretinal surgery? Vitreoretinal surgery is the treatment of disorders related to the retina, vitreous and macula. We use specialised techniques, instruments and solutions to treat conditions that include retinal detachment, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Retinal and vitreous problems can cause severe loss of vision and even blindness. In some cases, surgery may be beneficial – if done at the right time – might prevent severe loss of vision.
Learn more about Diabetic Retinopathy below.
WHAT IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY?
Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding complication of diabetes that damages the eyes retina. It affects half of all patients diagnosed with diabetes.
At first, you may notice no changes in your vision. But, do not let diabetic retinopathy fool you. It could get worse over the years and threaten your good vision. With timely treatment, 90 percent of those with advanced diabetic retinopathy can be saved from going blind.
It is advisable that everyone with diabetes has an eye examination through dilated pupils at least once a year.
WHAT IS A RETINA?
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
When light enters the eye, the retina changes the light into nerve signals. The retina then sends these signals along the optic nerve to the brain.
Without a retina, the eye cannot communicate with the brain, making vision impossible.