Dr. Jody Brown, Opthalmologist
Pikeville Medical Center's Dr. Jody Brown, Ophthalmologist, is uniquely qualified to treat all retinal diseases that impact your vision.
Pikeville Medical Center Ophthalmologist Dr. Jody Brown said those diagnosed with diabetes should get an eye examination on a yearly basis.
Pikeville Medical Center Ophthalmologist Dr. Jody Brown, encourages diabetics to get a yearly eye exam.
said the exam will help diabetics get an early diagnosis on diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy.
said that diabetic eye disease "is a general term for the visual complications that result from diabetes."
The most common diabetic eye disease among patients is diabetic retinopathy.
This disease is a leading cause of blindness in adults.
It is caused by changes in blood vessels of the retina.
"What people with diabetes need to understand is the importance of making sure they get their eyes checked on a regular basis," Dr. Brown
said the longer someone suffers from diabetes, the more likely their chances are of getting diabetic retinopathy.
"Anyone who is suffering from this disease needs to have it treated as quickly as possible," Brown
Nearly half of all people who suffer from diabetes will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy at some point in their life.
You could be suffering from the disease without even knowing about it, Dr. Brown
There aren't any symptoms at first.
"Your vision is not affected at first and the disease is usually painless in patients," he
When the disease progresses in diabetics, the macula, the part of the retina that provides sharp, central vision, swells from leaking fluid.
This condition is called macular edema and can cause blurred vision.
noted that if new blood vessels have grown on the surface of the retina, they can bleed into the eye, blocking vision.
"People may not realize that the disease can progress over a long period of time without any symptoms.
So, it's important to make sure you keep your yearly appointment," he
How is the disease detected?
Physicians are able to detect the problem through an examination.
Professionals, such as Dr. Brown
, can use eye drops to dilate, or enlarge the pupils.
Physicians may also use a non-mydriatic retinal camera.
This instrument can see the retina without the bother of using eye drops.
added that the disease can be treated if diagnosed in time.
"Patients who are seen by a physician on a regular basis have a better success ratio when it comes to treatment."
Laser surgery has been proven to reduce the risk of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy by 90 percent.
encourages diabetic patients to take proper steps to lessen their chances of the disease becoming serious.
"It's important for patients to control their blood sugar levels," he
"This will help patients to avoid eyevision loss as well as damage to their kidneys or even the nerves in their body."
said a dilated eye exam at least once a year is recommended for anyone who suffers from diabetes.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown
, please call (606) 432-5986.