Tips for protecting and preserving your eyesight

It’s easy to take your eyesight for granted - until something happens to threaten it. This throws vision’s importance into sharp relief

Tips for protecting and preserving your eyesightHere, ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD, explains the five most common conditions affecting your vision and shares tips for preserving your eyesight. Cataract The problem: Light rays from objects in view must pass through your lens to reach your retina’s light-sensing cells. When a cataract clouds the lens, your vision fogs and lights get a halo. […]

Statins may help prevent diabetes-related eye problems, finds study

Diabetic patients who take statins to treat high cholesterol may get an added benefit - a lower risk of damage to the retina, a new study suggests

Statins may help prevent diabetes-related eye problems, finds studyResearchers found that diabetic patients taking statins were 14% less likely to develop retinopathy than those who were not. And among patients who did develop retinopathy, statin therapy was associated with slower disease progression, according to Dr Eugene Yu-Chuan Kang, a researcher at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues. Diabetes leads to retinopathy […]

Here’s how you can recognise the signs of elevated blood sugar levels

In some cases, the constant tiredness could also be accompanied by pain in the abdomen, numb toes and tingling fingers

Here’s how you can recognise the signs of elevated blood sugar levelsHyperglycaemia is a term describing excess levels of glucose or sugar in your blood, a defining characteristic of diabetes. It can be caused by a variety of reasons such as skipping insulin, dietary patterns, activity levels, or certain kinds of illnesses. Mildly elevated levels are typically not a cause for concern. But notably high blood […]

Pune: One in five people above 50 are diabetic, says survey

Diabetic retinopathy is curable in early stages but if it advances it can cause permanent damage and a person might lose eyesight. In the survey, it was found that nearly two thirds of those who were surveyed had never done an eye check-up

Pune: One in five people above 50 are diabetic, says surveyIn a recently conducted survey in Pune, it was found that every fifth person over the age of 50 years was diabetic and nearly 13 per cent of them had diabetic retinopathy. The survey also revealed that over two third of them had never got their eyes checked for diabetic retinopathy. H V Desai eye […]

Save your vision: Control diabetes and go for regular eye checkups

A quarter of the world’s blind population is estimated to be in India, about 12 to 15 million. This is bound to increase as diabetes is one of the leading causes for loss of vision in India. With an estimated 51 million people currently living with Diabetes, India leads the world in the prevalence of diabetes, and this is predicted to go worse by the year 2030, says Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi

Save your vision: Control diabetes and go for regular eye checkupsThis is true that people with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes, but it is equally true most people with diabetes can keep these problems to minor. It is very important to realize that good blood sugar control; regular and timely check-up, proper testing and eye care can often […]

Blurry vision? Could be retinopathy

With India on the verge of becoming the diabetic capital of the world, doctors and vitreo-retinal surgeons say checking your retina along with diabetic tests should be a routine to avoid eye complications like diabetic retinopathy and early cataract

Blurry vision? Could be retinopathyNot only does India lead China in terms of population, but also for higher number of diabetic patients. A lot of studies, as well as experts, across the globe have hinted that diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness among working adults around the world and its prevalence is rising in India. Take the […]