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It was noted that diabetes is a disease that can cause blindness. Turkey Medicals member and Antalya hospital eye clinic head of department Associate Professor Dr. said that diabetes is a disease that can cause blindness and often results in vision loss, and that early diagnosis is important. Professor Dr. noted that diabetes patients make up the majority of the study groups, noting that in studies conducted abroad, it was found that 5-10 percent of diabetes patients have a disorder in their eyes.

Explaining that diabetes can cause vision loss in patients from an early stage, Professor Dr. reported that advanced diabetes can cause bleeding in the eye or shifts in the retina. Professor Dr. pointed out that diabetes can also cause cataracts in the eyes, saying, “Vision loss is caused by disorders in the retina. The disease disrupts the permeability in the vessel. The leakage of blood and fat into the nerve layer that provides vision in the retina can reduce vision,” he said.

Professor Dr. stated that the disease causes vascular blockages, so it forms veins that do not function on the surface of the retina, noting that:

“The patient loses his eyesight due to the easily tearable nature of the vein formed in the eye. At this stage, our chances of treating the patient by doing a laser also disappear. In the departments where there is a blockage of blood vessels in patients at an earlier stage, we can prevent the formation of new blood vessels with a laser to prevent the formation of substances that secrete new blood vessels. The bleeding that occurs in the eye prevents the laser rays from reaching the retina, so it takes away our ability to treat it.

We can treat a patient with this condition by making needles into the eye, waiting for the bleeding to recede, or by draining the fluid inside the eye. Unfortunately, most of our patient population does not know that diabetes can cause blindness, so it turns to us after reaching the incurable stage.”

Early detection is very important

”Diabetes is a disease that can cause blindness and often results in vision loss, early detection is very important in this disease,” Professor Dr. said, advising diabetes patients to be examined in eye disease services. Noting that an increase in the diabetes population in Turkey has been detected in a study conducted by the Turkey Ministry of Health, Professor Dr. said that lifestyle has been effective in the increase.

Professor stated that people’s lifestyles are becoming “slippery” in Turkey and emphasized that the risk of diabetes increases as the justice study decreases. Explaining that they are able to track the effect of diabetes on the eye, Professor Dr. noted that the disease can lead to irreversible consequences if there is no early intervention.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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