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SOUTHPORT—Tom Barton takes slow, careful steps toward the tiny exam room at New Hope Clinic, guiding his wife Jan as she clings tightly to his arm.
Her reliance on her husband as she walks and the dark glasses covering her eyes give away Jan’s weakness: She has been blind in both eyes for seven days.
Jan has suffered for years with diabetic retinopathy—a disease in which the arteries in the retina become weakened and leak, forming small hemorrhages. The vessels often lead to swelling in the retina and decreased vision.
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