First Diabetic Retinopathy Camp
The Eye Camps are in full swing. Last week a more unique Eye Camp was organised. This free camp, called Diabetic Retinopathy Camp, was specifically meant for Diabetic individuals and aimed at screening them for the presence of Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetes has a devastating effect on the eyes and one of the ways it manifests is changes in the blood vessels of the eyes called ‘Diabetic Retinopathy’.
In this specialised camp, 38 patients were registered and underwent complete examination of the eye including vision, intra-ocular pressure, anterior segment & retinal examination free of cost. Eight patients were found to have Diabetic Retinopathy. Five of these patients who had retinopathy underwent Angiography. Three of them have been given dates for laser treatment. One patient with tractional Retinal detachment has been referred to a higher centre for specialised surgery.”
Dr Desai wrote:
“Most people are unaware about this condition and only come to know about it when the blood vessels in their eyes begin to leak, producing partial or complete irreversible blindness. Unfortunately in Jodhpur, physicians seldom inform diabetic patients about regular eye exams and general awareness about diabetic eye disease is very poor in our diabetic population. The current camp was a small attempt to address this problem.