With Early Eye Care Hawaii Intervention, Patient Avoids Potential Vision Loss
Recently at our clinic, a 30-year-old female noticed a blurry spot in her right eye that progressed to a "dark blob" within a few days. She was a Type 1 diabetic and up-to-date with her annual eye exams. A new eye exam at Eye Care Hawaii, however, revealed reduced vision acuity, a vitreous hemorrhage, and retinal neovascularization in the right eye. A surgeon was consulted immediately to treat the bleeding. The patient underwent pan retinal laser photocoagulation a few days later with no complications.
Her vision is now slowly returning to normal. Because the problem was detected early and proper treatment ensued, she avoided possible permanent vision loss. This case is a good example of a patient who saw her eye doctor at the first sign of a vision problem. Diabetes is a serious disease and periodic eye exams are necessary to maintain healthy eyes and vision. For this 30-year-old patient, prompt secondary care by a retinal surgeon prevented a common, and potentially devastating, complication of diabetes.