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The eye works like a camera. It has two parts, a lens and a film. The film layer lines the back wall of the eyes and is called the retina. It has arteries that provide it blood flow and veins which drain the blood. Diabetic changes are characterized by abnormally leaky blood vessels. This may allow fluid to accumulate within the retina. The fluid consists of liquid and proteins. There is a constant absorption of liquid by the retina, but the proteins may be left behind.

Your eye care specialist has noticed that the liquid has been reabsorbed, but the protein has not. Protein has accumulated underneath the area of the retina responsible for central vision. Unfortunately, the proteins may be toxic to the retina. The proteins will eventually be reabsorbed in most patients over months to years. However, the vision may permanently limited due to the presence of protein underneath the retina.

There is currently no available treatment for the accumulation of protein in the absence of swelling.

Your eye care specialist will continue to monitor your eyes and look for opportunities to improve your vision.Β 

Edema macular diabΓ©tico: exudados duros subfoveales sin edema

El ojo funciona como una cΓ‘mara. Tiene dos partes, una lente y una pelΓ­cula. La capa de pelΓ­cula recubre la pared posterior de los ojos y se llama retina. Tiene arterias que le proporcionan flujo sanguΓ­neo y venas que drenan la sangre. Los cambios diabΓ©ticos se caracterizan por vasos sanguΓ­neos con fugas anormales. Esto puede permitir que se acumule lΓ­quido dentro de la retina. El lΓ­quido consiste en lΓ­quido y proteΓ­nas. Hay una absorciΓ³n constante de lΓ­quido por la retina, pero las proteΓ­nas pueden quedar atrΓ‘s.

Su especialista en cuidado de los ojos ha notado que el lΓ­quido ha sido reabsorbido, pero la proteΓ­na no. La proteΓ­na se ha acumulado debajo del Γ‘rea de la retina responsable de la visiΓ³n central. Desafortunadamente, las proteΓ­nas pueden ser tΓ³xicas para la retina. Las proteΓ­nas eventualmente se reabsorberΓ‘n en la mayorΓ­a de los pacientes durante meses o aΓ±os. Sin embargo, la visiΓ³n puede limitarse permanentemente debido a la presencia de proteΓ­nas debajo de la retina.

Actualmente no existe un tratamiento disponible para la acumulaciΓ³n de proteΓ­nas en ausencia de hinchazΓ³n.

Su especialista en cuidado ocular continuarΓ‘ monitoreando sus ojos y buscarΓ‘ oportunidades para mejorar su visiΓ³n.Β 

This information was created by Dr. Evan Dunn and Dr. Sanket Shah, both practicing retina specialists. This information does not constitute a consent for treatment nor establish a patient-doctor relationship between the patient, Eye Know More, Dr. Evan Dunn, or Dr. Sanket Shah.

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