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There are four stages of diabetic retinopathy: mild, moderate and severe nonproliferate, and proliferative retinopathy. In the mild form (pictured), microaneurysms occur. As the disease progresses to the moderate form, blood vessels that nourish the retina are blocked. In the severe form more blood vessels are blocked and the retinal sends signals to grow new blood vessels.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. Diabetic retinopathy can develop in anyone who has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Risk increases the longer a patient has diabetes and with…

The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina. The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurred.

Facts about cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging, with more than half of all Americans expected to either have a cataract or have had surgery for one by age 80 years.

Colored CT scan of a coronal section of the skull from an 8-year-old with retinoblastoma tumors (light areas) in each eye.


Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer that is caused by a mutation in the retinoblastoma gene (RB1) controlling cell division of the retina. The disease can be hereditary if the mutated RB1 gene runs in a family, and can cause a 50% chance of the child developing the disease. This malignant cancer of the retina can…

Expanded recall for Franck’s Compounds

The FDA is notifying all physicians and healthcare organizations of the recall of all sterile products sold by Franck’s Compounding Pharmacy since November 2011 due to the possibility of lack of sterility.

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