Saturday, 21 April 2012

Pictures of Diabetic Retinopathy

Pictures of Diabetic Retinopathy

As promised, here are pictures of my eyes from my latest visit to the ophthalmologist...


This is an image of one of my retina's.  In the lower right hand corner you can see my ophthalmologist's cursor pointing at a small black spot.  This spot is a small pool of blood in the retina.  This is not what you want to see.  If you look throughout the picture you can see about 30 of these spots. (not trying to get you to play "Where's Waldo", just trust me.  Any dark spots are blood.  Thus my Dr. diagnosed me with severe diabetic retinopathy (one of the major diabetic complications.)  Where we have to worry is if blood vessels start growing around these spots.  If that happens it can lead to many more complications including blindness.  The good thing is if you see your ophthalmologist as much as you are supposed to these sort of complications can be avoided and blindness prevented.


In this image you can see that there is a sort of bowl shaped indent in the middle of the eye.  This is a good thing.  He said we only have to worry if it flattens out.  That would be bad.  Sounds good to me.  I just think it is sort of an interesting picture.

This is just a 3D image of my eye from the camera.  The ophthalmologist has the ability to sort of look inside the eye to make sure there are no other complications that he wouldn't see from the other photographs.

I believe it is important to see these pictures so that you can see the lengths the ophthalmologist's should go when they do an examination.  This is not the same as going to see the optometrist!  This is high tech stuff!  Personally I feel very lucky to be diagnosed at this point in time.  This level of technology was not available only a few years ago.   I think it also underscores the importance of going to see an ophthalmologist when you are told to.  Don't put it off.  The sooner you know about this stuff the better.  If you do have retinopathy it is definitely better to know sooner than later.  Usually the only way to detect retinopathy is through an examination, symptoms don't show until it is too late!

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