For the first time at St. Vincent de Paul, physicians have performed a diabetic retinopathy laser treatment on uninsured patients. This treatment can cost thousands of dollars but is provided free of cost. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication that occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. The condition is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.
Dr. Mandi Conway, an Ophthalmic Surgery Specialist who performed the first two eye laser treatments at the clinic, says, “Diabetic retinopathy is treatable, and because we can prevent this blindness, people can retain their normal life.”