Untreated retinal disorders cause blindness

Ophthalmologist Prof. Dr. Mehmet Numan Alp: “One of the tissues that enable our eyes to see is the retina at the back of the eye, which we call the retina. We can think of our eye as a sphere filled with jelly-like fluid, while the back part of the eye is covered with nerves and vessels. Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure can damage the back of the eye and lead to problems that can lead to vision loss. Retinal detachment due to trauma or high myopia can cause retinal detachment if the retinal tears are not noticed in time and the necessary precautions are not taken. In such cases, vision loss can be prevented by applying vitreoretinal surgical methods.


Emphasizing the importance of regular checkups, especially for diabetic and high blood pressure patients, Prof. Dr. Alp emphasized: “In those whose blood sugar levels are not regular, situations such as a progressive decrease in vision and a decrease in vision quality may arise. Sudden loss of vision can also occur with vascular occlusions Sudden loss of vision is one of the symptoms of intraocular hemorrhage In addition to loss of vision, complaints such as shadowing and floaters in front of the eye require immediate consultation with a specialist ophthalmologist.


Prof Dr Alp said: “Retinal disorders need to be treated before they have a lasting effect on nerve cells. Ruptured retinal detachment, which can mainly occur as a result of trauma or high myopia, needs to be acted upon immediately. Because any time without treatment can lead to more damage to the cells and in case of excessive delay, visual function may not be restored even with intervention.


Prof. Dr. Alp said: “In cases where the treatment of retinal diseases is delayed, even if the tissue is anatomically repaired, visual function may not return. Depending on the patient’s condition, we can inject gas or silicone into the eye as a buffer during treatment.”Patients should follow their doctor’s recommendations. After a few months, a second surgical procedure is needed to remove the silicone in patients who have had silicone applied. In cases where gas is used, the gas will disappear on its own over time. However, there may be some restrictions, such as not boarding the plane while the gas is in the eye,” he said.

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