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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.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Somewhat: Early changes can be reversible if good blood sugar control is attained. Some changes are permanent though.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it true that diabetic retinopathy reversable?

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Dr. Harit Bhatt
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Potentially: Diabetic retinopathy can be improved with medical control of diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions, laser therapy, eye injection therapy and sometimes surgery. These are treatments and not necessarily cures to diabetic retinopathy. It will return if the diabetes is not controlled well even after the above interventions.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic retinopathy?

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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.
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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

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