Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults. It affects up to 45 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. Poor blood sugar control can be especially detrimental to small blood vessels such as those in the eye. High blood glucose levels may damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina – or light-sensitive tissue of the eye – of people with diabetes and cause swelling, bleeding and other retinal abnormalities, which may lead to vision impairment and blindness.
A new study by a University of Kansas School of Medicine ophthalmologist has found that a handheld LED light device may help reduce swelling in patients with diabetic retinopathy. The study by Johnny Tang, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology, was recently published in The British Journal of Ophthalmology.
I found this interesting tidbit while researching University of Kansas work with LED technology. The uses for LED lights is growing and the technology is changing fast. SST is at the forefront of LED technology and is constantly trying to stay abreast of new developments. Congratulations to Associate Professor Tang being published for this research.
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