The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the risks to vision if diabetic retinopathy is not treated and well controlled.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the risks to vision if diabetic retinopathy is not treated and well controlled.
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Featuring Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

The risks of not treating your eyes and not controlling the diabetic retinopathy are many. You can have blurring of vision, you can have loss of vision—some of which is recoverable once you start treatment.

But you can also have permanent loss of side vision or centre vision in a way that can’t be recovered. If ignored long enough the doctor can help you but maybe not enough.

You can also have bleeding inside the eye that will completely blot out your vision. It can be extremely sudden, so that you wake up one morning and you say “I can’t see out of my eye.” It can also cause tearing above the retina with growth blood vessels that maybe can be fixed by surgery and may be not even fixable despite good surgery.

For more information on the risks of untreated diabetic retinopathy, talk to your eye doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Amit Gupta, Ophthalmologist, Scarborough, ON

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

Quiz: Do You Understand The Risks of Not Treating Diabetic Retinopathy? ( 9 participated.)

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If you experience tearing above the retina it can always be fixed by surgery.

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Bleeding inside the eye that completely blots out your vision can come on suddenly.

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There are many risks of not treating your eyes/not controlling diabetic retinopathy.

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Blurring of vision or loss of vision may be recoverable once you start treatment.

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You may experience permanent loss of side vision from diabetic retinopathy, but not centre vision.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.