The ophthalmology team of the University Clinic of the University of Navarre has published a new technique to detect diabetic retinopathy. This research has been published in the magazine Investigative Ophthamology and Visual Science. The research is based on the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This test allows measuring the thickness of eye macula without touching the eye and without using contrast injection. The macula is the central part of the retina and is the responsible of the central vision.
According to the conclusions of the researchers, when the thickness of the macula is more than 180 microns, there are more probabilities to have eye lesion caused by diabetes.
OCT is a rapid test and it does not hurt. It allows knowing which patient can have eye lesions in a short term. That way those patients can be controlled closely to treat them when it is necessary. Once the lesions appear, laser treatments or surgery can arrest the lesion or sometimes even improve them.
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