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Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Cured
No cure yet: Diabetic retinopathy cannot be cured but can be effectively treated and in the last 10 years the treatments have improved dramatically with new surgical instruments for the small percentage that require surgery and several new medications that can improve macular edema (swelling of the retina) and control bleeding. But there's no substitute for good sugar and BP control to slow progression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is no cure : Pdr, like many complications of diabetes can be managed, but there is no cure. The outcome of treatment depends on the duration of diabetes, the patient's compliance with their diabetes management, and the level of ophthalmological care received. Retina specialists have many tools to preserve vision, but the result depends largely on how serve the disease is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often do you need laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor told me i'd probably need multiple treatments for my diabetic retinopathy, but didn't explain much more than that. Does that mean after all my treatments are done i'll be cured? (ho
Vision loss: Diabetes damages blood vessels. In your feet, it can cause neuropathy, ulcers, and lead to amputation. In your kidneys, it can cause kidney failure and lead to dialysis. In your eyes, it can cause retinal swelling, bleeding, and retinal detachment. These can lead to vision loss and even blindness. The key is to control blood sugars and blood pressure, which can save vision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Laser, surgery, etc.: Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the vessels at the back of the eye leak, and there is risk of scar, bleeding, vision loss, retinal detachment. All of these are addressed in different ways with laser, injected pharmaceuticals, surgery and improvement in the general care of the diabetes. This needs close follow up with a retinal ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetic retinopathy: An earlier stage of diabetic retinopathy is nonproliferative and is treated w glucose control/observation. A more severe form is proliferative or neovascular, requiring laser. There is also macular edema, requiring laser. Other treatments: avastin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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