Diabetic retinopathy follow-up & OCT
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes. It is also known as the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. At our practice Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to capture detailed images of tissues inside the eye to determine the damage to the eye and treatment information that can possibly be followed.
In this procedure, a gas bubble is injected into the inside the eye in combination with laser surgery or . The gas bubble pushes the retinal tear into place against the back wall of the eye.
This surgery procedure is used to fix a retinal detachment. The, which is pulling on the , is removed from the eye and usually replaced with a gas bubble.
Sometimes an oil bubble (instead of a gas bubble) is used to keep thein place. Your body’s own fluids will gradually replace the gas bubble. However, if an oil bubble was used, it has to be removed from the eye at a later stage. It is important to note that in many cases a second operation is needed.
Also, you must know that some retinal detachments cannot be fixed. This is mostly because of the development of scar tissue. If thecannot be reattached, the eye will continue to lose sight.
After successful surgery for retinal detachment, vision may take many months to improve and, in some cases, may never return fully. Unfortunately, some patients do not recover any vision. The more severe the detachment, the less vision may return. For this reason, it is very important to see Dr Roelof frequently or at the first sign of any trouble with your vision.
The only way to treat anis through the procedure. Eye drops or glasses are not effective. During the procedure, Dr Roelof makes tiny cuts in your eye and removes the vitreous from inside. He then grasps and gently peels away the from the . He closes the incisions with small stitches in the eye. These stiches dissolve naturally after about four to six weeks. Dr Roelof will help you to decide if surgery is appropriate in your circumstances.
Againis the most common treatment for macular holes. In this case, Dr Roelof will remove the to stop it from pulling on the . He will then insert a mixture of air and gas into the space which the vitreous occupied before.This bubble of air and gas puts pressure on the edges of the , allowing it to heal.
: The light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye
: the use of extreme cold in surgery or other medical treatment.
in the eye: The large space between the lens and the
: Transparent, colorless gelatinous mass
: A thin scar-like tissue that grows over the
: surgery to remove some or all of the vitreous humor/gel from the eye
Maculor hole: A small break in the macula, the part of your eye responsible for detailed, central vision. The macula is a very small area at the center of the