Summer 2003

We are very pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Galiani, MD to our practice. Dr. Galiani will be practicing general ophthalmology, with his special interest being diabetic eye disease and medical retinal disorders. He will be seeing patients in both our Center City and Bala Cynwyd locations, and will have evening and Saturday hours as well. We are very fortunate to have him join us, and we know you will look forward to meeting him.


Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of this disease. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.

Diabetic Eye Disease may include:

Diabetic Retinopathy
This disease is a leading cause of blindness in American adults, and is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. In some people with diabetic retinopathy, retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes may result in vision loss or blindness. The treatment usually involves one or multiple laser procedures.

A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. Studies show that diabetics are twice as likely to get a cataract as a person who does not have the disease. Also, cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes. Cataracts can be treated by a short out-patient surgical procedure.

Glaucoma is an increased pressure in the eye resulting in optic nerve damage and permanent visual loss. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults. And, as with diabetic retinopathy, the longer you have had diabetes, the greater your risk of getting glaucoma. Glaucoma may be treated with medications, laser, or surgery.(Cataract and glaucoma can also affect many people who do not have diabetes.)


What can you do to protect your vision?:
The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) showed that better control of blood sugar levels slows the onset and progression of retinopathy and lessens the need for laser surgery for severe retinopathy.

Also, finding and treating the disease early, before it causes vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease. So, if you have diabetes, make sure you get a dilated eye examination at least once a year.

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