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Diabetic eye disease - vision lost, what to do?

Diabetic eye disease - vision lost, what to do?

Evaluation: There are many reasons for vision to be diminished with diabetes. You need an evaluation by a retinal specialist who can offer any possible help. Or refer you to specialists who can help with low vision. ...Read more

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Diabetic Eye Disease (Definition)

A serious complication of diabetes mellitus. It occurs in about 80% of diabetics who have had the disease for more than 10 years and can ...Read more


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Does the diabetic eye disease cause vision loss?

Does the diabetic eye disease cause vision loss?

It can: There are many forms of eye disease related to diabetes. Some affect the vision immediately while others do not. However, if left unchecked, all forms of diabetic eye disease are likely to reduce vision. See your eye doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Yes: During pregnancy there are lots of growth factor which are present. As such, diabetic changes in the eyes can develop during pregnancy and can get worse during pregnancy. It is important if you are diabetic, to have your eyes checked in the first, second, and third trimester. This will insure that if there are changes, they can be treat right away to prevent vision loss. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Can you have diabetic retinopathy on 1 eye??

Can you have diabetic retinopathy on 1 eye??

YES: Yes- cetainly possible: consult a retinal specialist and check with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If I have type 1 diabetes. would I still be able to get surgery with slight retinopathy to the eyes?

If I have type 1 diabetes. would I still be able to get surgery with slight retinopathy to the eyes?

Surgery: You don't mention the type of surgery you need. Ideally to have surgery your blood pressure should be well controlled ...Read more

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What part of the eye is affected by diabetic retinopathy?

What part of the eye is affected by diabetic retinopathy?

Retina: Diabetic retinopathy causes bleeding in the retina from leaky damaged blood vessels. The body tries to grow in new blood vessels (neovascularization), and these can bleed as well. Some of these vessels can grow elsewhere in the eye such as the angle / iris and lead to elevated eye pressure. ...Read more

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How can eye specialists determine the difference between diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy?

How can eye specialists determine the difference between diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy?

Exam and testing: Dilated fundus exam--diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy typically have different appearances, however they can appear similar with bleeding and ischemic areas of the retina. Areas requiring treatment to save vision (other than improving the underlying disease) can be found using imaging and angiogram diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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Can a normal yearly eye exam tell you if you have diabetic retinopathy? The dr took pictures of my eyes and other tests but nothing was said about it.

Can a normal yearly eye exam tell you if you have diabetic retinopathy? The dr took pictures of my eyes and other tests but nothing was said about it.

Pre DM2 & retinopath: Couple of great factors to your advantage are your age and that you are not a diabetic. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. My understanding is that you are a pre diabetic. In my opinion you should focus on methods to prevent diabetes such as exercise and nutritional changes. However, is great that you know couple of complications from dmii. ...Read more

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When having eyes dilated for glaucoma exam can an ophthalmologist detect diabetic retinopathy?

When having eyes dilated for glaucoma exam can an ophthalmologist detect diabetic retinopathy?

Yes if present : The dilated eye exam is exactly how we inspect the retina, optic nerve , blood vessels, and other parts for diseases. So if a person has diabetes and it is affecting their retina, we will find it and if necessary treat the complications. As it turns out, not having retinopathy (a good thing) doesn't mean that you don't have diabetes. Your primary doctor determines that. ...Read more

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Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Can the use *Preferably non-smoking of marijuana have negative effects on Diabetic Retinopathy? Due to the effects marijuana has on the eyes.

Potential benefits: The following is a link detailing a novel use of non-smoking form of marihuana called "Cannabidiol As a Putative Novel Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy". http://www.420magazine.com/forums/diabetes/152457-cannabidiol-putative-novel-therapy-diabetic-retinopathy.html. Hopefully this will address your question well. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in my right eye. Am i a suitable candidate for laser surgery?

I was recently diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in my right eye. Am i a suitable candidate for laser surgery?

It depends.: There are many variables that help your ophthalmologist decide which treatment options to use. Depending on the severity and location of the retinopathy and the threat to your vision, treatment can range from periodic observation to use of laser or other treatments in which medicine is injected in the eye. The answer will depend on your unique situation. ...Read more

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Hello, can someone with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy safely use ginkgo biloba? Could it increase the chance of eye bleeds? Thanks.

Hello, can someone with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy safely use ginkgo biloba?  Could it increase the chance of eye bleeds?  Thanks.

Bleeding: Supplements like ginkgo biloba are not fully investigated by our FDA, but a warning has been made in some papers about its increasing bleeding properties of aspirin and anticoagulant medications. Your pharmacist may have more information for you about this question. ...Read more

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How long does recovery from diabetic retinopathy laser eye surgery take?

How long does recovery from diabetic retinopathy laser eye surgery take?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by recovery. The changes in vision from the bright light of the laser will recover within minutes. The mild discomfort you may have following panretinal photocoagualtion will go away within a day or two. If you had laser for swelling of the macula and blurred vision, the vision will very slowly improve for many months, up to years form a single treatment. ...Read more

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I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 18 years and now have some retinopathy in the right eye. I would like to get an insulin pump, but can't afford on?

I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 18 years and now have some retinopathy in the right eye.  I would like to get an insulin pump, but can't afford on?

Better control key: The most important thing to improve or prevent retinopathy is better blood sugar control. You don't need an Insulin pump to do this. You should be on basal/bolus Insulin regimen (lantus (insulin glargine) once or twice daily, Humalog not humulin before each meal). If this does not improve blood sugars well enough, then one can consider an Insulin pump. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic eye problems?

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What kind of condition is diabetic eye problems?

Retinopathy edema: Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy and macular edema), the retina of the eye injury can lead to blindness. ...Read more

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What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?

What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?

Retinal complication: Diabetes can be associated with many eye problems. Retinal complications, especially proliferative retinopathy can cause severe loss of vision from decreased blood supply, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Macular edema is swelling in the retina affecting the central vision. Both conditions are treatable, but early diagnosis is key. Cataract, increased glaucoma risk, change in refraction also. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diabetic eye problems?

What is the definition or description of: Diabetic eye problems?

Mostly retinopathy: Diabetes is felt to cause a number of eye issues. The main one is diabetic retinopathy. This is a thinning of retinal arterial walls with pouching out termed microaneruysms , which can lead to bleeding, edema and sometimes major dysfunction of the retina. This is why we recommend regular examination of the eyes in diabetics. ...Read more

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Retinopathy (Definition)

Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease ...Read more