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The selection of doctors and clinics is carried out on the basis of annual qualification reports. The main selection criterion is the number of operations or procedures performed. It takes into account experience, reputation in the medical society, the availability of quality certificates and high specialization in a certain field.

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Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious FOCUS magazine, the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich ranks among the Germany's top medical institutions! Founded in 1834, the hospital combines long traditions and the very latest achievements of modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments, 20 interdiscipli
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
1972 help1822
Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
8135 help7285
Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
8928 help7778

Medipol Mega University Hospital Istanbul

8/10
location_onTurkey, Istanbul

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Medipol Mega University Hospital is the leading and the largest medical facility in Turkey where the patients can receive top-class medical services according to the international standards. Thanks to a highly qualified medical team, cutting-edge medical technology and a special atmosphere aimed at recovery, the hospital has
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
1560 help1440
Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
6188 help5748
Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
6602 help6062

Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10
location_onIsrael, Haifa

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa is the largest and the most progressive hospital in Northern Israel. The medical center was founded in 1938 and nowadays is proud of its long history, rich and successful experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical fields. The hospital serves more than 2 million local
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
2021 help1801
Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
8485 help7670
Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
9071 help8021

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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Primus Super Speciality Hospital New Delhi

9/10
location_onIndia, New Delhi

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Primus Super Speciality Hospital New Delhi is a modern medical facility, which is distinguished by extremely high quality and standards of medical service. The hospital is located in the heart of New Delhi, in the capital of India. During its design and construction, the most advanced medical technologies from around the wor
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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Samsung Medical Center Seoul

9.8/10
location_onSouth Korea, Seoul

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Samsung Medical Center was founded in 1994 and soon won the reputation of a medical facility of presidential standards, which it still preserves today. The hospital has 40 departments, 10 specialized centers and a huge Cancer Center with 655 beds. The medical facility is equipped with advanced equipment (for example, a 32-ch
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
1721 help1585
Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
6931.8 help6415
Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
7385.4 help6720

Hirslanden Clinic La Colline Geneva

8.9/10
location_onSwitzerland, Geneva

Department of Ophthalmology

The Hirslanden Clinic La Colline Geneva is a multidisciplinary medical facility, where the patient will benefit from an impeccable quality of medical service, responsive care and a humane attitude. The clinic provides both inpatient treatment and outpatient care. There are 67 beds available for hospitalization. The basis of succ
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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Leech Clinic Graz

9.2/10
location_onAustria, Graz

Department of Ophthalmology

Leech Clinic is a surgical clinic and a member of SANLAS Holding GmbH. “We are the Good Mood Clinic” is the slogan of the clinic, so our patients get specialist care and treatment all the way from a to Z in a friendly atmosphere.
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
2520.6 help2118
Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
9561.2 help8501
Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
10579.6 help9151

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top German hospitals! As a maximum care university medical facility, the hospital guarantees patients first-class medical services combined with a respectful and human attitude. The hospital integrates all the modern options for the
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the leading medical facilities in Bavaria and offers the highest level of medical care, which is characterized by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medi
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnostics of diabetic retinopathy
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Conservative treatment of diabetic retinopathy (maculopathy)
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Laser retina coagulation for diabetic retinopathy
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About the disease

Diabetic retinopathy is disease of an eye, which mainly occurs because of diabetes.  Diabetic retinopathy develops due to damage of retinal vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This disease is believed to occur to 30% of patients with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is most likely to develop among people who have either type first or second of diabetes. According to NHS, medical site, children with diabetes who are over 12 should regularly check up their eyes, because they are in higher risk. New studies showed that conventional therapy and intensive management of diabetes reduces probability of  DR appearance by 74% and occurrence of proliferative retinopathy - by 57%.

Types of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Nonproliferative DR, which is mostly characterized by occlusion, blurring and increased permeability of some retinal vessels.
  • Preproliferative DR is a more severe stage of this disease, which precedes the appearance of proliferative retinopathy.
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy develops if there was occlusion of capillaries and extensive areas of retina were damaged.
  • Diabetic macular edema which is the last stage of diabetic retinopathy is characterized by loss or damage of central portion of the retina. This complication does not always result blindness, but a person can lose ability to read, concentrate or distinguish the smallest objects. Macular edema is common for people with proliferative form of DR, but it can also occur in nonproliferative DR.

As it was mentioned before, DR is caused by diabetes. It happens because excessive amount of sugar in blood destroys certain vessels that bring nourishment and blood supply to retina. Without these vessels eye start to develop its own blood vessels, but they can not work as effectively as proper ones did, and then there is leakage, which destroys retina.

Also people who do not check their blood sugar level regularly can develop diabetic retinopathy. In rare cases high blood pressure and pregnancy can also cause DR.

Symptoms

  • Blurriness
  • Contorted color and object perception
  • Spots
  • Dark areas in vision

In its early forms, diabetic retinopathy is almost always painless and patient might not even notice loss of vision. As disease progresses, a person can develop intraocular hemorrhage, accompanied by appearance of veil in front of the eye and strange dark spots, which disappear after some time. Massive vitreous hemorrhage can lead to complete loss of vision. Macular edema can also cause an appearance of veil in front of an eye. It can become difficult to work with small objects or read.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is usually done during simple examination of diluted pupils to examine the state of retina. Usually, he uses special drops that can significantly dilate pupils. These drops can cause blurring of vision, but it always wears off after several hours. Strange new blood vessels or swelling of retina can indicate that a patient has diabetic retinopathy. Some abnormalities in optic nerve can also indicate presence of DR. Angiography helps to make a picture of an eye and assess its state for any changes in its structure. Tomography can also show pictures of an eye and it also determines the thickness of retina. 

Treatment

  • Vitrectomy is required if there was massive intraocular hemorrhage or if proliferative retinopathy caused significant decrease of vision. During vitrectomy an eye surgeon removes blood clots from eye cavity. If possible, he also removes the back of hyaloid membrane which is located between retina and vitreous body. This hyaloid membrane does not play any important role in eye function, but it can cause the development of proliferative retinopathy.
  • Laser coagulation can restore functionality of the retina. In this treatment doctor uses heat to destroy leaking and damaged blood vessels. Laser treatment is more preferable than surgery, as it can be performed on an outpatient basis and it also has less complications. Laser treatment mainly aims to destruct areas of retinal hypoxia, which is a source of newly-formed blood vessels that cause retina leakage. Laser can also increase direct entry of oxygen from retina choroid and provide thermal coagulation of newly formed blood vessels to protect them from  spreading and causing vision problems. For diabetic retinopathy treatment laser can be applied throughout all parts of retina, excluding only its central parts. The newly-formed blood vessels undergo focal laser irradiation. This surgical method is especially highly effective in early treatment and cure rate is almost 100%. In severe cases effectiveness of laser treatment is reduced. If a person has diabetic macular edema laser exposures of central parts of retina can also be applied. Long-term treatment effects are largely determined by the stage of diabetes and by extent of damage that excessive blood sugar level causes to eyes.
  • Conservative treatment is usually applied in combination with other treatment options.. Patient with diabetic retinopathy is recommended to spend much time sitting with closed eyes. This simple method facilitates bleeding of vessel thrombosis. If there was a sufficient increase of optical media transparency after conservative treatment, laser treatment is required. If there was no increase of transparency, he may need to undergo vitrectomy. 

Most patients who suffered from diabetes more than 10-12 years have some form of retinal lesion problem. Careful monitoring and assessment of glucose levels, dietary restrictions and healthy lifestyle can reduce risk of blindness by several times. However, the most effective preventive measure for people with a long-term diabetes is regular examination at an ophthalmologist.




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