Retinol Imaging for Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Evaluation
Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is crucial to prevent blindness. If caught in early stages, laser therapy can reduce the risk of severe vison loss by 90%. Unfortunately, only about 50% of patients nationwide undergo screening for retinopathy. Much of this has to do with lack of education, affordability and not having easy access to the test from their primary provider.
How the RetinaVue™ 100 Imager Works
Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine now offer their diabetic patients an improved way to screen for diabetic retinopathy using RetinaVue™ Network. They can now perform retinal exams in the office using a four-step process:
(1) Acquire non-mydriatic fundus images in minutes with the simple, automated Welch Allyn RetinaVue™ 100 Imager.
(2) Transfer images via secure HIPAA-compliant RetinaVue™ Network.
(3) Images are evaluated by a board-certified retinal specialist.
(4) A diagnostic report and referral/screening plan is returned to Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine the same day.
Now the doctors at Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine can easily and accurately screen for diabetic retinopathy as part of their patient’s routine visit.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood vessels throughout the body, particularly vessels in the kidneys and eyes. If sugar levels rise, damage to the retinal blood vessels may occur. This injury is known as diabetic retinopathy and is the leading cause of blindness in adults. A majority of people who have diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy, but with the available medical treatments, only a small percentage of people will develop serious vision problems.
If you have diabetes, you are at risk of losing your vision due to complication from improperly treated diabetes. Therefore, it is very important for people who have diabetes to have their eyes checked by their doctor. Now that testing is available at Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine using the RetinaVue™ 100 Imager.
Treatment for Advanced Retinopathy
For advanced proliferative retinopathy, laser surgery is often helpful. If the doctors at Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine determine that you are in this advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, they will refer you to a specialist in this area of treatment. The most significant importance is that diabetic retinopathy is detected early and now that is possible using the RetinaVue™ 100 Imager during your regular physical exams at Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine.
Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine has experienced staff and physicians who can help you live your life to its fullest. If you live north of Atlanta in Roswell, Woodstock, Johns Creek, Suwanee or Canton, you are just a short distance from the best primary care in Georgia. Call us at 770/475-2377 to schedule an appointment today!