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Rapid Increase Of Visual Disabilities Due To Diabetes In Oman.

diabetes visual disabilitiesAccording to Dr Rajiv Khandekar, the Consultant Ophthalmologists with the Department of Non Communicable Disease Surveillance & Control Ministry of Health, the risk of developing visual disabilities because of is a major issue in .He said,” At least 15 per cent (279,000) of the country’s projected population (3.25 million in 2010) have diabetic retinopathy.”He also added that his research had showed that at least 27,000 of the people who suffered from diabetic retinopathy in the country were in the stage of sight risk of Diabetic Retinopathy (STDR).

He assured “They will need laser treatment in one or both eyes.” And stressed on the intensive care units in Oman and better renal dialysis had helped in increasing life span of the patients. He added” Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a dreadful blinding eye complication that needs attention.”

In explaining the downside of diabetes, he said that the patient suffered from diabetes develops diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, early cataract, frequent eye infections, optic neuritis, muscle paralysis and other minor conditions.Diabetic patients should keep their digital documents of retina for future comparison beside the blood sugar control, and also is recommended for the regular check up.

Dr. Khandekar said that there are several facilities beside the Armed Force hospital (AFH), Sultan Qaboos university hospital (SQUH) and Dharmsey Eye Center (Muscat), in different locations that are ready to take digital images to record and document diabetic retinopathy.

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