Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

Apr 9, 2020

Below are the risk of diabetic retinopathy……..
  1. Family history of diabetes
  2.  Diabetic for more than 3-5 years1
  3.  Uncontrolled blood sugar level (HbA1c)

HbA1c test tells you your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months. It measures the amount of sugar that attached to haemoglobin in the red blood cell.

Non diabetic: 5.7% or lower
Good control of blood sugar for diabetic: 6.5% or lower2

What causes diabetic retinopathy?
  1. High blood sugar for long term damaging the blood vessel. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damage the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eyes (Retina). It causes leakage and swelling in the back of the eyes and leads to blindness.

Most of the diabetic individuals are unaware of their eyes condition since there’s no symptoms during early stage.

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  1. Solomon et al. Diabetic Retinopathy: A Position statement by American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care 2017: 40:412-418.
  2. Clinical Practice Guidelines. Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. 5th Edition (Dec 2015). Malaysia Ministry of Health.