Individuals with diabetes know that blindness is a condition that they must be on the lookout for. One of the most frequent causes of new blindness cases among adults between 20 and 74 years of age is diabetic retinopathy.
Among type 1 diabetic patients in their puberty or within the first three to five years of having diabetes, vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (VTDR) is still rare. However, during the next 2 decades of living with the disease, retinopathy will develop in nearly all type 1 diabetics.
On the other hand, retinopathy can develop in up to 21% of type 2 diabetics at the time of their first diagnosis, or it will develop to some degree over time.
Diabetic retinopathy can cause vision loss due to:
To avoid the risks of vision loss early on, diabetic patients are advised to undergo diabetic retinopathy screening. This procedure can be done with the help of the appropriate equipment, such as the Welch Allyn RETeval-DR Electroretinograph.
General practitioners and eye specialists can effectively improve the management of their patients with this helpful tool. The device measures the retina's electrical response to light stimulation; this electrical activity is then magnified and recorded as waves (using non-invasive RETeval-DR Sensor Strips comfortably placed below each of the patient's eyes). If the retinas are diseased, the signals will be slower and smaller in size than usual.
With high accuracy and a low technical failure rate, the RETeval-DR Electroretinograph proves to be an essential device that eye experts and general practitioners can use to provide early screening procedures. Diabetic patients can thus avoid vision loss which could potentially negatively affect their way of life.
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