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Advanced diabetic eye disease 

Advanced diabetic eye disease
Advanced diabetic eye disease

Karen Whitehouse

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date: 08 August 2020

Hypoxia of the retina leads to development of new vessels which subsequently may form fibrous and glial tissue.

Gliosis and fibrosis in the new vessels from the retina onto the posterior vitreous interface may cause retinal traction and retinal detachment.

New blood vessels can also grow into the angle of the anterior chamber of the eye (rubeosis iridis) leading to neovascular or rubeotic glaucoma.

Rubeotic glaucoma is a serious complication with visual loss and raised intra-ocular pressure, resulting eventually in acute severe periorbital pain, corneal oedema, and optic atrophy.

Advanced diabetic eye disease can remain asymptomatic for a long time, due to the slow progression of proliferative retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy screening is an important factor in early identification and following timely laser, may prevent development of advanced disease.

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