DIABETIC RETINOPATHY IS THE CAUSE OF 5 PERCENT OF BLINDNESS

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WHAT CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS?

Turkey Medicals member and JCI hospital Eye Clinic Eye Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. said that diabetic retinopathy is one of the most important causes of blindness among the working population in the world. Stating that 5 percent of the 37 million blindness cases worldwide are due to diabetic retinopathy, Dr. noted that people diagnosed with diabetes should definitely consult an ophthalmologist. Emphasizing that it is accepted that the disease has been present for at least 5 years in every person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which is especially common, Dr. recalled that this condition is called the ‘hidden sugar’ period. Dr., stated that it is important for patients to undergo an eye examination in Turkey and, if necessary, to perform ‘optical coherence tomography’ (OCT) and ‘eye angiography-fluorescein angiography’ (FFA) examinations.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include deceleration of far and near vision, blurred and crooked vision, Professor Doctor, “Painful vision loss does not occur in diabetic retinopathy unless it is accompanied by some muscle diseases such as eye pressure. But the detection of the disease before these symptoms develop is very important for the effectiveness of treatment and the preservation of vision for a long time. In general, in diabetic retinopathy, there are small hemorrhages, leaks in the retinal layer at an early stage and vascular changes detected during a detailed eye examination. Early-stage diabetic retinopathy is divided into three different types, namely low-, medium- and high-risk,” he said.

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SUGAR CONTROL IS IMPORTANT

”If the patient cannot control their blood sugar well and is accompanied by conditions such as arm blood pressure and cholesterol levels, diabetic retinopathy can progress to a late-stage disease over the years,” said Prof. Dr. continued: “At this stage, there are serious visual losses due to conditions such as intense bleeding into the eye, detachment of the retinal layer (detachment) and swelling of the eye nerve due to nutritional problems (papillopathy). At this stage, it may be necessary to perform an operation called a ‘vitrectomy’ to drain the bleeding and intraocular fluid in the eye and correct the separation in the retinal layer, as well as drug injections and laser treatments in the eye at this stage. This eye operation in Antalya Turkey can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and the existing cataract can also be removed and an artificial intraocular lens inserted into the eye.

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VISUAL FUNCTION CAN BE PRESERVED

Stating that the results of vitrectomy surgery, which can be performed with Technologically complex systems and doctors who are experts in retina, can be laughable in terms of protecting vision, Prof. Doctor, however, said that multiple surgeries may be required in cases where the general condition is not good, blood sugar control is impaired, and other organs such as the kidneys are involved. Doctor, “Diabetic retinopathy is increasingly seen today. Although the disease cannot be fully treated with new technological developments, visual function can be maintained for a long period of time. In this regard, the controls that their physicians deem appropriate should be followed and, if necessary, treatments such as medication, laser and surgery should be applied by specialist ophthalmologists in Turkey,” he said.

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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.

Awards:

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.

Certificates:

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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