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A Note on Diabetic Retinopathy

Eye problems are among the most significant complications of diabetes, which is the most common cause of blindness in people of working age. Diabetes affects the eye in a number of ways. The most damaging condition occurs when the fine network of blood vessels in the retina – the light-sensitive inner lining of the back of the eye – leak fluid. This is known as diabetic retinopathy. Cataracts also develop earlier and progress more rapidly in diabetics than in other people. Untreated diabetes may also make cause frequent or noticeable changes to your eyesight. Serious eye problems are less likely if the diabetes is well controlled or in its early stages. Most sight loss from diabetic eye disease can be prevented if detected early and treated.    

What can be done?

Most sight-threatening diabetic problems can be prevented by laser treatment if it is carried out early enough. It is important to realise, however, that laser treatment aims to save the sight you have - not to make it better. The laser, a beam of high intensity light, can be focused with extreme precision to seal the blood vessels that are leaking fluid into the retina. If new blood vessels grow, more extensive laser treatment may be needed.


Sankar Foundation’s Activities:

Realising that diabetes is rapidly growing worldwide and in India, Sankar Foundation has take a proactive approach in bringing awareness in the diabetic affected population about avoiding damage to the retina. The following is the approach :

  1. Identify the target community.

  2. Coordinate with the local NGO/Partner organisation to spread awareness about DR by pamphlets, announcements etc.

  3. Congregate identified diabetics at a specified place and screen them by a Ophthalmologist for DR problems.

  4. Identified patients given proper counseling and referred to the base hospital.

  5. Patients treated at the base hospital by means of laser etc.

Apart from this Sankar Foundation has also acquired a DR van with a fundus camera and other necessary equipments which is proposed to be sent to remote areas and people screened for DR. The fundus photographs are to be sent to the base hospital and the Ophthalmologist shall identify the confirmed DR cases who shall be referred to the base hospital. This DR van is considered to be a great benefit to the rural masses who are diabetics.

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