Over four million individuals in the United States have Diabetic Retinopathy, the country’s leading cause of adult blindness. The numbers are increasing rapidly due to an increase in the incidence of both Type I (sometimes called “Juvenile Diabetes”) and Type II Diabetes. Effective, long-term treatment options are not available. Diabetic retinopathy happens when the disease damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina. Early symptoms are often gradual and unnoticed.
“VRC saved my vision.”
As a diabetic, Paul Tonga was no stranger to the eye doctor. He was diligent about his eye care. He came to the Vision Research Center after being referred by Truman Medical Center-Lakewood where he had cataract surgery. Following the surgery, his eyesight had improved. But, one eye was still quite weak. At the Vision Research Center, the physicians used an experimental treatment with lasers to treat his eye. “The treatment helped a lot. I believe it saved my vision. Because of it, I have maintained my independence and enjoy all the daily activities that were in danger of being lost.” Mr. Tonga adds, “I recommend the community gives to the Vision Research Foundation. It will go to a very important cause. Vision is one of the most important assets we have and its loss threatens millions of people. The Vision Research Center is committed to eliminating this threat. They have helped me greatly.”