Diabetes and Ocular Disease: Past, Present, and Future by Ingrid Scott, Harry Flynn, William Smiddy

By Ingrid Scott, Harry Flynn, William Smiddy

Diabetes mellitus is a fancy, multifactorial ailment that's frequently linked to innovative retinopathy and visible loss. during this booklet, Drs. Scott, Flynn, and Smiddy have compiled the present simple technological know-how and scientific info from top gurus on diabetic eye illness. they've got additionally integrated the result of scientific trials in sufferers with diabetic retinopathy, in addition to the tips proven through collaborative reports and the options of ailment mechanisms and medical administration that experience hence advanced from these guidance. This monograph will offer practitioners with a concise, updated, sensible reference for the prognosis and administration of ocular sickness in diabetic sufferers.

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It was hoped that “most easily visible” lesions might serve as appropriate indicators of the likelihood of progression to severe forms of retinopathy. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Prior to the large meeting, data from the ETDRS and the WESDR were re-evaluated in an effort to document the association between specific lesions and the severity of diabetic retinopathy (Ronald Klein, MD, MPH, personal communication, 2002). In evaluations performed on the ETDRS data, intraretinal microvascular anomalies (IRMA) and venous beading (VB) were very predictive of the risk of developing proliferative retinopathy, but the presence of hard exudates or soft exudates was not very predictive.

Numerous pathways and mechanisms have been proposed to explain the pathologic changes seen in diabetes mellitus. It is likely that the morphologic changes are the result of an interaction of numerous pathways leading to altered gene expression and protein function in the setting of systemic hyperglycemia. Understanding the pathophysiologic mechanisms of diabetic retinopathy allows the clinician to better identify and treat the vision-threatening changes encountered in patients. The information also provides researchers with potential new targets for therapy as attempts are made to decrease the morbidity from this sightthreatening disease.

Another similar severity scale has been used in Japan since 1983 [8]. The organizers of a recent massive screening campaign for diabetic retinopathy in 15 Latin American and the Caribbean countries developed a customized simplified classification based on another version of the ETDRS severity scale [9], and yet another system has been employed in Australia [10]. Because each of these grading systems is unique, it is very difficult to compare data from studies using these various classification schemes.

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