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Photocoagulation Retina From Diabetes and Disability

Diabetes is a disease that affects millions and millions of people in the United States. Almost 21 million children and adults are affected by this disease in the United States. This represents 7% of the population of the world. Out of this number, it is estimated that 14.6 million people have already been diagnosed with diabetes. The problem is there are another 6.2 million people (nearly one-third) who have not found out that they have this disease. Diabetes is much larger than one disease. It is really a category of related diseases that are marked by your body being unable to regulate the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Glucose in your blood is what enables you to have the energy to carry out your daily physical activities. The level of glucose in your blood is controlled by several hormones. Insulin is one of these hormones. People who have diabetes either cannot use insulin in the right way, or they cannot make enough insulin. In some cases, diabetes may involve both of these difficulties. Photocoagulation - retina is a complication that may develop as a result of diabetes. Photocoagulation - retina may take place in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Photocoagulation - retina is evidenced by damage to your retina. Your retina is a light-sensitive layer that is located at the back of your eye. Your retina covers about 65% of the interior surface of your eye. Photosensitive cells that are referred to as rods and cones inside of your retina convert incident light energy into signals that your optic nerve takes to your brain. Photocoagulation - retina is a problem that is growing larger for adults in the United States. It is estimated that more than 4 million adults who are the age of 40 and older are affected by this disease. As stated earlier, photocoagulation - retina is a complication that develops from long-term diabetes. The longer that you live with diabetes and the more frequently your blood sugar (glucose) levels are not in the range where they should be, the more likely you are to get photocoagulation - retina. This is because the tiny blood vessels of your retina are damaged when your blood sugar levels are too high. Photocoagulation - retina may take place in anyone with diabetes. However, there are some risk factors that may increase your risk of getting this disease. Some of these include: Photocoagulation - retina does not usually cause any signs or symptoms until you have sustained severe damage to your eyes. Signs and symptoms that you may have are: