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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic retinopathy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Bad: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by blood vessel damage due to high sugar levels. It can cause leakage of fluid from vessels causing swelling. It can also cause the vessels to die leading to the retina not getting enough blood. Both of these can permanently impair vision. The best way to avoid this is control of sugars. Many treatments exist for diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad commented
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Because the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy exists for all diabetics, you should get an eye examination annually.
Dec 8, 2012
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Diabetes and eye: Diabetes causes damage to the small blood vessels in the eye, resulting in small areas of bleeding and fluid leakage. This is commonly referred to as diabetic retinopathy, since the bleeding occurs in the retina of the eye. Uncontrolled bleeding and fluid may lead to macular edema, or neovascularization. Regular eye exams are vital if you have diabetes.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. It is important for all diabetics to get annual dilated eye exams from an ophthalmologist to determine whether retinopathy is present.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do to slow down diabetic retinopathy?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better.
A member asked:

How can I treat diabetic retinopathy?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Diabetic control: The treatment of diabetic retinopathy involves both full evaluation by an eye specialist and possibly such things as laser treatment and a very serious approach toward controlling your diabetes as closely as possible.
A member asked:

What do you recommend for diabetic retinopathy?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 65 years experience
Control diabetes: The treatment of diabetic retinopathy involves both full evaluation by an eye specialist and possibly such things as laser treatment and a very serious approach toward controlling your diabetes as closely as possible.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is diabetic retinopathy reversible?

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Dr. Jack Sipperley
Ophthalmology 51 years experience
No: Diabetic retinopathy may be prevented by good blood sugar control ( HGB A1c of <7.0) and may be treated with laser photo coagulation or anti-vegf( vascular endothelial growth factor) injections if it is detected early enough but although the changes may be stabilized and neovascularization may involute the retinopathy is not reversible.
CA
A 27-year-old member asked:

What causes diabetic retinopathy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Uncontrolled Diabete: Diabetic retinopathy comes in two types non-proliferative or proliferative. Clinical trials such as the dcct, edic, ukpds, accord, ukpds-hds, field have shown that if glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and lipids are not controlled diabetic retinopathy can get worse and lead to severe vision loss. Trials such as the etdrs, drs, drvs show that eye physicians can delay blindness.

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