Did You Know?
- Nearly 80% of patients with diabetes will eventually develop diabetic retinopathy
- Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20-74
- Less than 50% of diabetic patients on average comply with referrals to an eye specialist
- Early detection and treatment can prevent up to 95% of vision loss cases
- Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes.
- The longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they will develop diabetic retinopathy. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.
Protect Your Vision
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. However, it’s one of the most preventable vision-threatening diseases in the world. With early detection and treatment, 95% of vision loss cases can be prevented.
Contact us today to schedule this exam at our office with RetinaVue™ Network.
Dr. Edwards is originally from Charleston, SC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado- Boulder, in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. She then moved back south and attended the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, graduating with honors.
She met her husband, a TN native, while in medical school in Blacksburg. They moved to Knoxville to complete internship and residency training at the University of Tennessee. While in residency, they both fell in love with Knoxville and have decided to call it home.
Dr. Edwards enjoys all aspects of family medicine, but has special interests in women health and preventative medicine. She has an 18 month old daughter, 2 dogs and a cat and enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and enjoying the many activities Knoxville has to offer such as the Market Square Farmers Market.
Dr. Bessom is an Athens, Tennessee native who is excited to be returning home to practice medicine. He graduated from McMinn County High School and completed a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, finishing Summa Cum Laude.
He received his Medical Degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and moved to Greenville, South Carolina with his wife to complete his internship in Family Medicine and residency in Internal Medicine. He has been working the past four years as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist and is board certified in Internal Medicine.
His primary interests are in chronic disease management such as diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, heart failure and COPD as well as cardiovascular risk reduction.
Having been in the hospital for four years, he is excited about establishing relationships with his patients and their families. Dr. Bessom and his wife (a pediatrician) have three beautiful children who are thrilled to be closer to their
grandparents. He enjoys anything associated with family time, church activities, music, reading, golfing, the Great Smoky Mountains and UT Football.