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retinopathy of prematurity still common?

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Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: The main risk factor for development of rop is prematurity and low birth weight. With better survival rates for premature babies, we are seeing more of these children with rop.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

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Dr. Vince Wilson
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Depends on the stage: In the early stages of the disease, regular monitoring by and opthalmologist is typical. If the disease advances and blood vessels in the eye leak, laser treatment is warranted. Sometimes, blood vessels in the eye proliferate, and laser treatment is used in a more widespread area of the eye. Significant vision loss sometimes does occur, so frequent visits to your eye doctor are essential.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who's most at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Poor Sugar Control: People most at risk for diabetic retinopathy are those with poor sugar control. Pregnancy causes retinopathy to progress faster. The longer someone has diabetes the more likely they are to have retinopathy.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
The goal is A1c less than 7
Nov 30, 2014
CA
A 21-year-old member asked:

To avoid diabetic retinopathy, what should you do?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Regular follow up: Regular follow and good sugar control. Some recommendations are the following in children with diabetes initial exam: age 10 years (or after 3-5 years of diabetes mellitus) subsequent exams: annually . In adults with type 2 diabetes initial exam at diagnosis subsequent exams: annually.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the facts that are dealt with diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
: Occurs in 20% of diabetics, equally occurs in type 1 and 2 diabetes, also if diabetes present more than 72 months, or with microalbuminuria and lack of control
A 22-year-old member asked:

For diabetic retinopathy, who is at risk?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
All Diabetics: All diabetics are at risk, but the risk is decreased by aggressive control of diabetes. Watch your diet, exercise, and work with your doctor to get the hemoglobin A1c test <7%. The risk is never "zero", but it can be decreased. Data shows that the risk goes up when the hba1c test is >6.5%.

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