My son is diabetic. Ophthalmologically speaking, what guidelines should he follow?


My son is diabetic and is being controlled by his endocrinologist. Ophthalmologically speaking, what guidelines should he follow?

Any diabetic person should include in the care of their disease the habit of attending a regular check-up on the condition of their eyes, preferably by an ophthalmologist specialized in pathology of the retina, because diabetic retinopathy is the most common ophthalmological manifestation due to complications that appear in blood microcirculation.

The initial lesions in the retina may go unnoticed by the patient, because they often present without symptoms. If the disease affects the macula (central part of the retina) or if intraocular haemorrhage appears, the patient will have blurred vision or perception of moving dark spots.

Technological advances in early diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy make it possible to avoid very severe complications of the disease and loss of vision in most cases.

Dr. Javier Elizalde Ophthalmologist

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